Dunkinfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Dunkinfield name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in or near the settlement of Dukinfield, in the parish of Stockport in Cheshire. The surname Dunkinfield 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 Dunkinfield family
The surname Dunkinfield 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. 
"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." 
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." 
Important Dates for the Dunkinfield family
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Dunkinfield Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Dunkinfield has undergone many spelling variations, including Duckenfield, Dickenfield, Dukinfield, Dukenfield, Duckinfield, Dunkinfield and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunkinfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dunkinfield family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dunkinfield were among those contributors: 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..
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.