Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Dunfield comes from when the family lived in or near the settlement of Dukinfield, in the parish of Stockport in Cheshire. The surname Dunfield 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 Dunfield family
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Dunfield family
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Dunfield Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Dunfield has appeared include Duckenfield, Dickenfield, Dukinfield, Dukenfield, Duckinfield, Dunkinfield and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dunfield family to Ireland
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Migration of the Dunfield family to the New World and Oceana
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Dunfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Dunfield (post 1700)
The Dunfield Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ubi amor ibi fides
Motto Translation: Where there is love, there is faith.
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