Early Origins of the Longfeard family
The surname Longfeard was first found in Derbyshire
, a village that dates back to 1197 when it was recorded as Langeford. As the name literally means "long ford," CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
there are other villages and parishes throughout Britain including Gloucestershire
, Coventry and Shropshire
Castle is located on the banks of the River Avon south of Salisbury, Wiltshire
. This huge well-kept castle was originally owned by the Cervingtons and is currently the seat of William Pleydell-Bouverie, 9th Earl of Radnor, but is open to the public at selected times. Longford
(Irish: an Longfort) is also a county town in County Longford, Ireland
. In this latter case, County Longford
is an Anglicization of an Irish Longfort, derived from "long" (meaning "ship") and "port" (meaning "port" or "dock".) County Longford
was traditionally known as Annaly (Irish: Anghaile,) Tethbae or Teffia (Irish: Teabhtha) and formed the territory of the Farrell clan.
Early History of the Longfeard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longfeard research.Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1486, 1510, 1600, 1153, 1537, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Longfeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Longfeard Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Longfeard has been spelled many different ways, including Longford, Longforde, Longforth, Longforthe and others.
Early Notables of the Longfeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Longfeard family to Ireland
Some of the Longfeard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 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 Longfeard family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Longfeards to arrive in North America: John Longford
, who came to Virginia in 1651; Kath Longford, who came to Virginia in 1678; Michael Longford, who came to Barbados in 1692; Robert Longford, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1725.