Clenfield is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Clenfield 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 Clenfield family
The surname Clenfield 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 Clenfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clenfield 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 Clenfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clenfield Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Glanfield, Glanville, Glenville and others.
Early Notables of the Clenfield 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 Clenfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clenfield family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Clenfield name or one of its variants: John Glamfield who settled in Virginia in 1654; who later correctly spelled his name Glanfield.