Condliffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Condliffe surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the settlement of Concliff in the county of Lancashire. The surname Condliffe belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The name in Anglo Saxon meant "War love."

Early Origins of the Condliffe family

The surname Condliffe was first found in Lancashire where Nicholas le Cumbecliue was first listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246. The name traces back to Cundcliff, now known as Cunliffe Hill, in the township of Billington, near Blackburn in Lancashire. [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 - 1276 list Robert de Cundeclif in Yorkshire. [2] [1] A few years later Adam de Cunliffe was listed in Yorkshire 1317-1318. [1] The Register of Freemen of the City of York in 1411 lists Thomas Cunclyff. [2]

Early History of the Condliffe family

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Condliffe Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Condliffe include Cunliffe, Cuncliffe, Concliffe, Conliffe, Cunlife, Conlife, Cunliff, Conliff and many more.

Early Notables of the Condliffe family (pre 1700)

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United States Condliffe migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Condliffe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Condliffe, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1644 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Condliffe (post 1700) +

  • Toby Condliffe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Democrats Abroad, 2008 [4]
  • Nick Condliffe, English headteacher of Denton Community College, Denton, Tameside, Greater Manchester
  • Katie Condliffe, English Liberal Democrat Councillor for Stannington ward in the City of Sheffield, England
  • John Condliffe, British former editor and owner of the Congleton Chronicle, a weekly newspaper published in Congleton, Cheshire; his son Jeremy Condliffe is the current editor
  • James William Condliffe (1888-1945), New Zealand wicket-keeper from Wellington who played five times for New Zealand
  • John Bell Condliffe (1891-1981), New Zealand economist, university professor and economic consultant, awarded The Henry Howland Memorial Prize in 1939

The Condliffe Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fideliter
Motto Translation: Faithfully.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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