The name Longforne belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in the county of Cumberland
. Longforne 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 Longforne family
The surname Longforne 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 Longforne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longforne 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 Longforne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Longforne Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Longforne include Langhorn, Langhorne, Langharn, Langharne and others.
Early Notables of the Longforne 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 Longforne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Longforne family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Longforne were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.