Dangerfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dangerfield family

The surname Dangerfield was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The name "is from 'D'Angerville.' Five places in Normandy still bear the name of Angerville [1]. I see no reason to doubt this derivation. The French terminative 'ville' occasionally becomes -field in English nomenclature" [2]

Another source confirms that they were from Angerville in Contentin in Normandy, one of the oldest Norman noble families. [3]

Early History of the Dangerfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dangerfield research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1230, 1336, 1650, 1685, 1650 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Dangerfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dangerfield Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dangerfield, Daingerfield, a'Angerville, d'Angerfield and many more.

Early Notables of the Dangerfield family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was the infamous Thomas Dangerfield (ca. 1650-1685), an English conspirator, one of the principal informers in the Popish Plot. He was ", born at Waltham in Essex about 1650, was son of a farmer of Cromwellian tenets. Dangerfield began life by robbing his father of horses and money, fled to Scotland, returned as a repentant prodigal and was forgiven, but soon ran away to the continent, and rambled through Portugal and...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dangerfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dangerfield migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dangerfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wartus Dangerfield, who settled in Barbados in 1661
  • John Dangerfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Rose Dangerfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1669
  • James Dangerfield, who settled in Virginia sometime between 1689 and 1698
Dangerfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Dangerfield, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1719
  • Richard Dangerfield, who arrived in Virginia in 1732
Dangerfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W. P. Dangerfield, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Benjamin Dangerfield, who arrived in Allegheny Co, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Edward Dangerfield, who arrived in Illinois in 1880

Canada Dangerfield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dangerfield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • J. F. Dangerfield, who settled in Toronto in 1871
  • F. Dangerfield, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
  • C. Dangerfield, who arrived in Quebec in 1884

Australia Dangerfield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dangerfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Dangerfield, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • James Dangerfield, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]

New Zealand Dangerfield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dangerfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Dangerfield, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Aorangi" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 23rd July 1892 [6]
  • Mrs. Dangerfield, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Aorangi" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 23rd July 1892 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dangerfield (post 1700) +

  • George Dangerfield (1904-1986), English-born, American journalist, literary editor of Vanity Fair (1933 to 1935)
  • Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004), born Jacob Cohen, American comedian, best known for his phrase "I don't get no respect!"
  • Joseph Dangerfield (b. 1977), American composer, pianist, and conductor
  • Christopher George "Chris" Dangerfield (b. 1955), retired English football player
  • Stuart Dangerfield (b. 1971), English racing cyclist
  • Fyfe Dangerfield (b. 1980), English songwriter and musician with Guillemots
  • Gordon Dangerfield (b. 1885), Australian football player
  • Patrick Dangerfield (b. 1990), Australian football player
  • Dangerfield Newby (1815-1859), American slave, one of John Brown's raiders, the first of his men to die at Harpers Ferry, Virginia


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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