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When the ancestors of the Enfield family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in the county of Berkshire, England.

Enfield Early Origins



The surname Enfield 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Enfield Spelling Variations


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Enfield Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Enfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Enfield, Emenfield, Enestfield, Enfeld, Endfield, Enefele, Inglefield and many more.

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Enfield Early History


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Enfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Enfield research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Enfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Enfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Enfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Enfields were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Enfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Enfield who arrived in New Jersey in 1772

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Contemporary Notables of the name Enfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Enfield (post 1700)



  • William Enfield, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1952
  • Walter F. Enfield, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Orville E. Enfield (1882-1961), American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 7th District, 1920; Candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 1922
  • Louis W. Enfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Oakland County 6th District, 1961
  • Americus Enfield, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1896, 1912 (Honorary Vice-President); Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928
  • A. R. Enfield, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1936
  • Michael Enfield (b. 1983), in Ventura, California is an American soccer player
  • Harry Enfield (b. 1961), in Sussex, England is a comedian educated at Worth Abbey School and the University of York

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Enfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Enfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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