Destoutefelt is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Destoutefelt family lived in Cumberland
. Their name, however, is a reference to Estouteville-en-Caux, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Destoutefelt family
The surname Destoutefelt was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor and Barons of Lydesdale Castle on the western borders of England
. This ancient family were derived d'Estouteville-en-Caux in Normandy
where the family held the Castle Ambriers and Robert d'Estouteville was Governor of the Castle 11 years prior to the Battle of Hastings, in 1055, and defended it against the Count of Anjou
. They also held the Castle of Rames, to the west of Bolbec, in the arrondisement of LeHavre. Of this branch, Roger, brother of Herluin is claimed to be the true ancestor of the Estouteville family. Herluin was founder and first Abbot of the Abbey of Bec. Roger was at the Battle of Hastings as recorded in the Wace poem. They were granted extensive lands in England
after the Conquest, particularly in Yorkshire
and the north country. They were described as men of great power, warlike habits, and held vast territorial possessions. One branch of the family was found at Dalham in Suffolk
in early times. "Dalham Hall, [was] formerly the residence of the family of Stuteville." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Destoutefelt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Destoutefelt research.Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1253, 1106, 1106, 1138, 1186, 1283, 1273 and 1283 are included under the topic Early Destoutefelt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Destoutefelt Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Stutteville, Stuteville, Stootville, Stooteville, Stutville, Stutvill, Stuttvill, Stutevill, Stuttevill, Stoutteville, Stouteville, d`Estouteville, Estouteville, Estuteville, Estutteville, Estoutteville and many more.
Early Notables of the Destoutefelt family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert II de Stuteville, one of the northern barons who commanded the English at the battle of the Standard in August... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Destoutefelt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Destoutefelt family to Ireland
Some of the Destoutefelt family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Destoutefelt family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Destoutefelt or a variant listed above: Charles Stuteville who settled in Maryland in 1774.