Early Origins of the Harcliff family
The surname Harcliff was first found in Lincolnshire
at Hatcliffe, a parish, in the union of Caistor, 7½ miles south west from Grimsby; containing, with the hamlet of Gonerby. This place was formerly the residence of the family of De Hatcliffe, who at one time represented the borough of Grimsby in parliament; their mansion was of considerable extent, and some remains of it are still traceable. The Domesday Book
lists the name as Hadeclive CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and at that time was lands held by Count Alan of Brittany.
Early History of the Harcliff family
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Harcliff Spelling Variations
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton
surnames have many spelling variations
. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
after the Norman Conquest
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Hatcliffe, Hatecliffe, Hatliffe, Hartcliffe, Hatcliff, Hattcliffe and many more.
Early Notables of the Harcliff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harcliff family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Harcliff, or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..