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Drifield Early Origins



The surname Drifield 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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.


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Drifield Spelling Variations


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Drifield Spelling Variations



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

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Drifield Early History


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Drifield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drifield research. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1218 and 1218 are included under the topic Early Drifield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Drifield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Drifield Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Drifield In Ireland


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Drifield In Ireland



Some of the Drifield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Driffill, who settled in South Carolina in 1797; Thos. J. Driffill, who settled in New Orleans in 1851; Louisa Driffill, who arrived in New Orleans in 1851.

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Drifield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drifield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 September 2016 at 12:37.

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