The history of the Mannifield family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Mannifield family
The surname Mannifield 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 Mannifield family
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Mannifield Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Mansfield, Manfield, Mansfeild and others.
Early Notables of the Mannifield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mannifield family to Ireland
Some of the Mannifield 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 Mannifield family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Mannifield or a variant listed above were: 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.