The ancestry of the name Englesfield dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Englefield,
a parish in Berkshire, six miles from Reading.
Early Origins of the Englesfield family
The surname Englesfield was first found in Berkshire, at Englefield, a village and civil parish, best known as the site of The Battle of Englefield on 31 December 870 between the Anglo-Saxons
, under Æthelwulf, Ealdorman of Berkshire, and the Danes, which resulted in a resounding victory for the Saxons
. Englefield House has been the ancestral home of the Englefield family, since the time of King Edgar, Edgar the Peaceful (943-975.)
Early History of the Englesfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Englesfield research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1455, 1514, 1522, 1596, 1st , 1561, 1631, 1656, 1665, 1678, 1670 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Englesfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Englesfield Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Englesfield have been found, including Englefield, Englefeld, Englesfield and others.
Early Notables of the Englesfield family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Englefield (Inglefield) (ca. 1455-1514), probably from Englefield, Berkshire, Speaker of the House of Commons; his son, Sir Francis Englefield (c.1522-1596), an English courtier and Roman Catholic exile; Sir Francis Englefield, 1st... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Englesfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Englesfield family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Englesfield, or a variant listed above: Charles Englefield who arrived in New York State in 1832.