The name Darnhill has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons
ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a grower of darnel, a plant believed to induce intoxication. The name's origins are Old French; darnel is the French name for this plant. It was brought into England
by the Normans
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Occupational
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic
surnames. Occasionally the name was local; there is a Darnall in Yorkshire
, and a small group of people took their name from that location. This makes Darnhill an example of an English polygenetic
surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Darnhill family
The surname Darnhill was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Darnhill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darnhill research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1177, 1193, 1379, 1638, 1604, 1645, 1711, 1605, 1675, 1683 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Darnhill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Darnhill Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Darnhill has been spelled many different ways, including Darnell, Darnall, Darnoll, Darnel, Darnal, Darnol, Darnhill, Dartnall, Dartnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Darnhill family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Darnell, 1st Baronet
(died c. 1638), an English landowner, at the centre of a celebrated state legal case in the reign of Charles I of England
, often known as the "Five Knights' Case" but to... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Darnhill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Darnhill family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Darnhills to arrive in North America: Thomas Darnel, who arrived in Maryland in 1684; Richard Durnel, a bonded passenger who arrived in Barbados in1669; Mr. & Mrs. H. Darnell who arrived in San Francisco California with 2 children in 1856.
The Darnhill 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: Deus nobiscum
Motto Translation: God be with us.