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The history of the Kerforth family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in a valley or at the foot of a hill. Kerforth 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.

Kerforth Early Origins



The surname Kerforth 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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Kerforth Early History


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Kerforth Early History



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

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Kerforth Spelling Variations


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Kerforth Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Kerforth include Kerfoot, Kerford, Kerfont, Kerfut, Kerriford and many more.

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Kerforth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerforth Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Kerforth In Ireland


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Kerforth In Ireland



Some of the Kerforth 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kerforth or a variant listed above: Thomas Kerfitt, who settled in Virginia in 1624; and Elizabeth Kerfoote, who sailed to Virginia in 1637.

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