Anglo-Saxon name lachfeard come from when the family resided in the area of Latchford in the parish of Grappenhall in Chester. lachfeard is a habitation name from the 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 lachfeard family
hundred of Bucklow. There is no mention in the Domesday Book of the place so presumably it was either of little significance or was established at a later time. Latchford had anciently two weekly markets and two annual fairs, granted to it by Edward III. The township is included in the parliamentary borough of Warrington, and comprises 731 acres. The family is believed to have originated here. Latchford is also a hamlet, in the parish of Great Haseley, poor-law union of Thame, hundred of Ewelme, in Oxfordshire, but this hamlet remained small through the ages as by 1890 it containing only 32 inhabitants whereas at that time the former Latchford had 2,361. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Lackford variant is believed to have originated in Lackford, Suffolk, a parish, in the union and hundred of Thingoe. CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the lachfeard family
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lachfeard Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. lachfeard has been recorded under many different variations, including Latchford, Latchforde, Lashford, Lashforde and others.
Early Notables of the lachfeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lachfeard family to Ireland
Some of the lachfeard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the lachfeard family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name lachfeard or a variant listed above: Thomas Lachford who settled in Boston, Massachusetts between 1630.
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