The ancestors of the name Kerforthey date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kerforthey family lived in a valley or at the foot of a hill.
Kerforthey 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.
Early Origins of the Kerforthey family
The surname Kerforthey 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.
Early History of the Kerforthey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerforthey research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1583 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Kerforthey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kerforthey 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 Kerforthey 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. The variations of the name Kerforthey include: Kerfoot, Kerford, Kerfont, Kerfut, Kerriford and many more.
Early Notables of the Kerforthey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerforthey family to Ireland
Some of the Kerforthey 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.
Migration of the Kerforthey family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Kerforthey or a variant listed above: Thomas Kerfitt, who settled in Virginia in 1624; and Elizabeth Kerfoote, who sailed to Virginia in 1637.