Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence beside a river. lansfard 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 lansfard family
Sussex, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the lansfard family
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lansfard Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name lansfard have been found, including Lunsford, Lunsforde, Lansforde, Lansford and others.
Early Notables of the lansfard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lansfard family to Ireland
Some of the lansfard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the lansfard family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first lansfards to arrive on North American shores: William Lansford who sailed to Virginia in 1654.
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