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Cuncuft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Cuncuft family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Yorkshire. One reference suggests that the name could be derived from the local at the dun-croft but this is only speculation.

Early Origins of the Cuncuft family

The surname Cuncuft was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where conjecturally this family is descended on the male side from Drogo de Beuvriere, a Norman knight, who held the village of Ottringham from the Archbishop of York. Drogo was originally granted the castle of Skipsey and was said to have married a kinswoman of William the Conqueror who he killed in 1086, either by accident or design. He fled the country leaving only his descendants on estates in Yorkshire.

Early History of the Cuncuft family

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Cuncuft Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Cuncuft has been recorded under many different variations, including Duncalfe, Duncalf and others.

Early Notables of the Cuncuft family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cuncuft family to the New World and Oceana

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Cuncufts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William Duncalfe who settled in Virginia in 1739; John B. Duncalfe arrived in Philadelphia in 1868.

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