Driffill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Driffill family

The surname Driffill was first found in Gloucestershire, in the parish of Driffield or in either Great Driffield or Little Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Collectively all of the parishes date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 but with older spellings: Drifelle, Gloucestershire; and Drifield, Yorkshire. Each had essentially the same meaning: "open land characterized by dirt, or by stubble," from the Old English words "drit" or "drif" + "feld." [1]

Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Driffield which was held by Reinbald the Priest, a Norman under-tenant, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Being a priest didn't preclude offspring at that time.

Important Dates for the Driffill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Driffill research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1218 and 1218 are included under the topic Early Driffill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Driffill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Driffield, Drifield, Dryfield, Dryffield and many more.

Early Notables of the Driffill family (pre 1700)

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Driffill migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Driffill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Driffill, who settled in South Carolina in 1797
Driffill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas J. Driffill, who settled in New Orleans in 1851
  • Louisa Driffill, who arrived in New Orleans in 1851
  • Frederick Driffill, who settled in New Orleans in 1851
  • Emma Driffill, who settled in New Orleans in 1851
  • B. Driffill, who settled in New Orleans in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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