Early Origins of the Dangerfeild family
The surname Dangerfeild was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Angerville who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. They were from Angerville in Contentin in Normandy, one of the oldest Norman noble families.
Early History of the Dangerfeild family
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Dangerfeild Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Dangerfield, Daingerfield, a'Angerville, d'Angerfield and many more.
Early Notables of the Dangerfeild family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dangerfeild family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dangerfeild Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Dangerfeild, who arrived in Maryland sometime between 1663 and 1679
- Jon Dangerfeild, who settled in Virginia in 1670
- James Dangerfeild, who arrived in Virginia in 1698