Edenfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Edenfield came to England with the ancestors of the Edenfield family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Edenfield family lived in the county of Berkshire, England.

Early Origins of the Edenfield family

The surname Edenfield was first found in Berkshire where they were Lords of the Manor of Englefield. "This parish, which comprises 1379a. 3r. 16p., derives its name from the Saxon word Ingle, a fire or beacon light; and probably had its origin about the middle of the ninth century, when the Danes, having made themselves masters of Reading, sent out a detachment from their army to attack the Saxons, who were encamped here, and who drove them back with great loss." [1] Gilbert and Stephen, held their land here from the Norman Chief tenant, Williams FitzAnsculf c. 1086. Enfield in a parish in the union and hundred of Edmonton, Middlesex. "This place is in Domesday Book called Enefelde, denoting its situation among fields, or in the felled part of a forest." [1]

Important Dates for the Edenfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edenfield research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edenfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edenfield Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Enfield, Emenfield, Enestfield, Enfeld, Endfield, Enefele, Inglefield and many more.

Early Notables of the Edenfield family (pre 1700)

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Edenfield migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Edenfield or a variant listed above:

Edenfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • J. S. Edenfield, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Lackawanna Valley" from Copenhagen via Rotterdam [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edenfield (post 1700)

  • Berry Avant Edenfield (1934-2015), United States District Judge, U.S. District Court Justice for the Southern District of Georgia (1978-2006), member of the Georgia State Senate (1965-1966)
  • Kenny Edenfield (b. 1965), American assistant football coach at Troy University
  • Newell Edenfield (1911-1981), United States federal judge
  • Kenneth Edward Edenfield (b. 1967), American retired Major League Baseball player for the California Angels
  • Kari Edenfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 2008 [3]
  • James C. Edenfield, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Georgia, 2000 [3]
  • Christine Edenfield, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1944 [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VV-ZM4 : 6 December 2014), J. S. Edenfield, 29 May 1921; citing departure port Copenhagen via Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Lackawanna Valley, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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