Lansforthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Lansforthy is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived beside a river. Lansforthy 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 Lansforthy family
The surname Lansforthy was first found in Sussex, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Lansforthy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lansforthy research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1609, 1641, 1645, 1611, 1656, 1633, 1649 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Lansforthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lansforthy Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lansforthy family name include Lunsford, Lunsforde, Lansforde, Lansford and others.
Early Notables of the Lansforthy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lansforthy family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lansforthy surname or a spelling variation of the name include : William Lansford who sailed to Virginia in 1654.
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