Dockinfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Dockinfield comes from when the family resided in or near the settlement of Dukinfield, in the parish of Stockport in Cheshire. The surname Dockinfield 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 Dockinfield family

The surname Dockinfield 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 Dockinfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dockinfield 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 Dockinfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dockinfield Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dockinfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Duckenfield, Dickenfield, Dukinfield, Dukenfield, Duckinfield, Dunkinfield and many more.

Early Notables of the Dockinfield family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Dockinfield family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dockinfield or a variant listed above: 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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