The name Clanfield was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Clanfield family lived in Suffolk
. The name however, is not a reference to this place, but to the family's place of residence sometime prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Glanville, near Calvados, Normandy
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Clanfield family
The surname Clanfield was first found in Suffolk
. Bromeholme in the parish of Bacton in Norfolk
was an ancient family seat
established shortly after the Norman Conquest
. "A priory for Cluniac monks, dedicated to St. Andrew, was founded in 1113, by William de Glanvill, and for some time subsisted as a cell to the monastery at Castle Acre." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Again in Suffolk
, but this time in Leiston, Ranulph de Glanville endowed the monastery there in honour of the Virgin Mary in 1182.
Early History of the Clanfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clanfield research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1600, 1586, 1661, 1614, 1644, 1664 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Clanfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clanfield Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Clanfield are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Clanfield include Glanfield, Glanville, Glenville and others.
Early Notables of the Clanfield family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Glanfield, the Earl of Suffolk; Sir John Glanville, the elder (1542-1600), born in Tavistock, an English Member of Parliament and judge; Sir John Glanville the younger (1586-1661), an... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clanfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clanfield family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Clanfield, or a variant listed above: John Glamfield who settled in Virginia in 1654; who later correctly spelled his name Glanfield.