Manfeld is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Manfeld family lived in Mansfield,
a parish in Nottinghamshire
. The place-name itself is a combination of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon
terms, and literally signifies the field by the hill called Mam,
from the Celtic word for a mother or a breast.
Early Origins of the Manfeld family
The surname Manfeld was first found in Nottinghamshire
at Mansfield, a market town that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Mamesfelde. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "open land by the River Maun," from the Celtic river name + the Old English word "feld." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Looking back further, the area is known to date back to Roman times, with a villa discovered in 1787 by a Major Rooke and a cache of denarii coins found near King's Mill in 1849. Some claim the early English royalty were said to have stayed in the area, with the Mercian Kings using it as a base for hunting in the nearby Sherwood Forest.
Early History of the Manfeld family
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Manfeld Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Mansfield, Manfield, Mansfeild and others.
Early Notables of the Manfeld family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Manfeld family to Ireland
Some of the Manfeld family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Manfeld family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Manfeld or a variant listed above: David Mansfeild, who settled in Virginia in 1619; Elizabeth and Vincent Mansfeild settled in Virginia in 1653 along with William; Davy Mansfield settled in Virginia in 1623.