Dikenfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Dikenfield name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Dikenfield was originally derived from a family having lived in or near the settlement of Dukinfield, in the parish of Stockport in Cheshire. The surname Dikenfield belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Dikenfield family

The surname Dikenfield was first found in Cheshire at Dukinfield, a small town and today within the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, in Greater Manchester. The place dates back to at least the 12th century when it was listed as Dokenfeld and literally meant "open land where ducks are found" derived from the Old English words duce + feld. [1]

"This place is supposed to derive its name from the circumstance of the standard of the Danes having been captured here by the victorious Saxons; the figure of a raven or doken was impressed on the Danish flag, and the spot was named, in the Anglo-Saxon dialect, Dockenveldt, or the Field of the Raven. At the earliest period to which records extend, the township was included in the fee of Dunham-Massey: the third Hamon de Massey confirmed Dukinfield to Matthew de Bramhall, about 1190; and the family of Dukinfield appears to have held the place in fee of the Bramhalls, and to have been connected with it for a period exceeding five centuries. The widow of Sir William Dukinfield Daniel (a name assumed by the family) conveyed the estate, in marriage, to the Astleys, about 1767; and the present lord of the manor is Francis Dukinfield P. Astley, Esq." [2]

Dukinfield Hall has been held by the Duckenfeld family since at least the 1600s. "Dukinfield Old Hall was originally built in the Norman era; but the gabled front and frogged pinnacles of the present edifice denote it to be a structure of the reign of Henry VIII." [2]

Important Dates for the Dikenfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dikenfield research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1950, 1550, 1653, 1619, 1689, 1642, 1729, 1670 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Dikenfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dikenfield Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dikenfield include Duckenfield, Dickenfield, Dukinfield, Dukenfield, Duckinfield, Dunkinfield and many more.

Early Notables of the Dikenfield family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dikenfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dikenfield family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: J.P. Duckenfield who settled in N. Carolina in 1675; along with his brother Thomas; Alfred, Arthur, James, and Thomas Duckenfield all arrived in Pennsylvania in 1820..

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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