as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.
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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 Elphicke has undergone many spelling variations
, including Elfeck, Elpheck, Elphick, Elfick, Elfecke, Elphicke, Elficke, Alfeck, Alfick, Alphick and many more.
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 Elphicke were among those contributors:
Elphicke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- C. W. Elphicke, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX95-MJH : 6 December 2014), C. W. Elphicke, 02 Mar 1895; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).