The name Duncalf reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Duncalf family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Duncalf family lived in Yorkshire
. One reference suggests that the name could be derived from the local at the dun-croft
but this is only speculation.
Early Origins of the Duncalf family
The surname Duncalf was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, where conjecturally this family is descended on the male side from Drogo de Beuvriere, a Norman knight, who held the village of Ottringham from the Archbishop of York. Drogo was originally granted the castle of Skipsey and was said to have married a kinswoman of William the Conqueror who he killed in 1086, either by accident or design. He fled the country leaving only his descendants on estates in Yorkshire.
Early History of the Duncalf family
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Duncalf Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Duncalfe, Duncalf and others.
Early Notables of the Duncalf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Duncalf family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Duncalf Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Margaret Duncalf, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CRESSY 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Cressy.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Duncalf (post 1700)
- Jennifer Duncalf (b. 1982), English gold and six-time silver medalist squash player
- Deryck Duncalf, English Anesthesiologist from Yorkshire, Director of Anesthesiology in New York's Albert Einstein College
Historic Events for the Duncalf family
HMS Royal Oak
- Thomas Duncalf (1910-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html