Lunsforth is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Lunsforth family once lived beside a river. Lunsforth 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 Lunsforth family
The surname Lunsforth was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Lunsforth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lunsforth research.Another 470 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1609, 1641, 1645, 1611, 1656, 1633, 1649 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Lunsforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lunsforth 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 Lunsforth family name include Lunsford, Lunsforde, Lansforde, Lansford and others.
Early Notables of the Lunsforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lunsforth family to Ireland
Some of the Lunsforth family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 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 Lunsforth family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, 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 Lunsforth surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Lansford who sailed to Virginia in 1654.