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The name Kerfoot is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in a valley or at the foot of a hill. Kerfoot is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Kerfoot Early Origins



The surname Kerfoot was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Kerfoot Spelling Variations


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Kerfoot Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kerfoot are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kerfoot include: Kerfoot, Kerford, Kerfont, Kerfut, Kerriford and many more.

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Kerfoot Early History


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Kerfoot Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerfoot research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1583 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Kerfoot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerfoot Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerfoot Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kerfoot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerfoot In Ireland


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Kerfoot In Ireland



Some of the Kerfoot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kerfoot or a variant listed above:

Kerfoot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Kerfoot, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1892
  • John Kerfoot, aged 21, who settled in America from Manchester, England, in 1892
  • Sam. Kerfoot, aged 24, who landed in America from London, England, in 1892
  • Herbert Kerfoot, aged 21, who landed in America from Blackburn, in 1893
  • Alice A. Kerfoot, aged 23, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kerfoot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wm. Kerfoot, aged 53, who settled in America from Ashton, in 1900
  • John Wasburton Kerfoot, aged 39, who emigrated to America from Rhyl, England, in 1907
  • William Kerfoot, aged 55, who landed in America from Hurst Nook, England, in 1908
  • Edward Kerfoot, aged 34, who landed in America from Sydney, Australia, in 1908
  • James Kerfoot, aged 39, who landed in America from Shanghai, China, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerfoot (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerfoot (post 1700)



  • William Kerfoot, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952
  • Mrs. William Kerfoot, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1948
  • John D. Kerfoot, American politician, Mayor of Dallas, Texas, 1876-77
  • George Kerfoot, American politician, Mayor of Elkton, Maryland, 1896-98
  • John Barrett Kerfoot (1816-1881), first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • W Charles Kerfoot, American biologist at Michigan Technological University
  • Eric Kerfoot (1924-1980), English footballer
  • John David Kerfoot (1835-1903), American attorney and businessman, Mayor of Dallas, Texas (1876 to 1877)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Kerfoot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerfoot Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 15:27.

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