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The Medcalf name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Yorkshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. The name is of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin, deriving from two possible sources. Firstly, such Old English terms as mete-corn, meaning "corn for food," and mete-cu, meaning "cow that is to furnish food," make it conceivable that the name Medcalf is derived from an Old English word "mete-calf," meaning "a calf being fattened up for slaughtering." In this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a calf farmer. Alternatively, the name may come from Middleton Calf Top, a settlement on "The Calf," a hill located at the western boundary of Yorkshire; an early inhabitant of this settlement was known as Medecalf.

Medcalf Early Origins



The surname Medcalf was first found in Yorkshire, where the first bearer of the name was said to be William Medecalf de Dent, who lived in Middleton Calf Top during the 12th century when the boundaries of the new counties of Westmorland, Cumberland, and Yorkshire West Riding were formed. The name also appeared on the census rolls where one of the earliest known bearers, Adam Medecalf, appeared in these rolls in 1301. There seems to be a historical relationships with the Turnbulls that goes back at least 500 years. In most cases the surnames were seen side by side as seen in the humorous quote: "Mr. Metcalf ran off on the meeting of a cow, With pale Mr. Turnbull behind him" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Medcalf Spelling Variations


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Medcalf Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Medcalf has undergone many spelling variations, including Metcalfe, Medcalfe, Metcalf, Medcalf, Midkiff and many more.

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Medcalf Early History


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Medcalf Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medcalf research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1717, 1785, 1810, 1843, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Medcalf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Medcalf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Medcalf Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Metcalfe (c.1556), High Sheriff of Yorkshire, who met the Judges of Assize in York on horseback with 300 mounted men of his own name and kindred, John Metcalf (1717-1810), known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough, a blind British...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Medcalf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Medcalf In Ireland


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Medcalf In Ireland



Some of the Medcalf family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Medcalf were among those contributors:

Medcalf Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Medcalf, who arrived in Maryland in 1638
  • James Medcalf, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • John Medcalf, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • George Medcalf, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

Medcalf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Medcalf, who landed in Georgia in 1740

Medcalf Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Medcalf, aged 27, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the barque "New Brunswick" from Liverpool, England

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Contemporary Notables of the name Medcalf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Medcalf (post 1700)



  • Lena Medcalf, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1932

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Medcalf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Medcalf Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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