The name Manifield came to England
with the ancestors of the Manifield family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Manifield 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 Manifield family
The surname Manifield 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 Manifield family
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Manifield Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Mansfield, Manfield, Mansfeild and others.
Early Notables of the Manifield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Manifield family to Ireland
Some of the Manifield 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 Manifield family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Manifield 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.