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Early Origins of the Atcliffe family

The surname Atcliffe was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Atcliffe family

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Atcliffe 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 Atcliffe family name include Atcliff, Attcliff, Atcliffe, Attcliffe and others.

Early Notables of the Atcliffe family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Atcliffe 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 Atcliffe surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Kristopher Autcliffe, aged 22, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1900.

Contemporary Notables of the name Atcliffe (post 1700)

  • PA Atcliffe, Senior Lecturer, Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Salford, England

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