The origins of the Longfirn name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Cumberland
. Longfirn 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. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word lang,
which means long
and the Old Norse word horn
simply which means horn. Therefore the original bearers of the surname lived in or near a long piece of land that was shaped like a horn.
Early Origins of the Longfirn family
The surname Longfirn was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from early times. Laugharne (Welsh: Talacharn) is a town in Carmarthenshire
and home to Laugharne Castle which dates back to 1116 and was the meeting place of Henry II of England
with Rhys ap Gruffudd in 1171-1172.
Early History of the Longfirn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longfirn research.Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1608, 1620, 1648, 1663, 1678, 1730, 1754, 1766, 1795, 1631, 1715, 1670, 1624, 1679, 1644, 1735, 1779 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Longfirn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Longfirn Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Longfirn were recorded, including Langhorn, Langhorne, Langharn, Langharne and others.
Early Notables of the Longfirn family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Langhorne, 1st Baronet
(1631-1715), Governor of Madras in the 1670s; Blessed Richard Langhorne (c.
1624-1679), a barrister executed as part of the Popish Plot; Major General Langharne, Commander... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longfirn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Longfirn family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Longfirn family emigrate to North America: Thomas Langhorne, who sailed to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647; Richard Langhorne, who arrived in Rowley, Masachusetts in 1669; Jeremiah and Grace Langhorne, who came to Pennsylvania in 1684.