Enfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Enfield family
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."  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." 
Important Dates for the Enfield family
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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.
Early Notables of the Enfield family (pre 1700)
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Enfield migration to the United States
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:
Typical Enfield Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Enfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Enfield who arrived in New Jersey in 1772
Contemporary Notables of the name Enfield (post 1700)
- Michael Enfield (b. 1983), in Ventura, California is an American soccer player
- 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 
- Harry Enfield (b. 1961), in Sussex, England is a comedian educated at Worth Abbey School and the University of York
- Henry Enfield Roscoe (1833-1915), English chemist and university vice-chancellor
- James Enfield Berry, American politician, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1840 
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