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Redfern Family History

This interesting surname of English origin has spellings which include Redfern, Redfearn, and Redferne. It is locational and originates from the village of Redfern near the town of Rochdale, in Lancashire. It derives from the Old English pre 7th Century word "read" meaning red plus 'fearn' meaning fern or bracken. Locational surnames are usually 'from' names. That is to say names given to people after they left their original homes and moved somewhere else. In this case early examples of recordings include Alice Redfearne who married William Midleton on July 5th 1590, at St.

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