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The name Metcalf is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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 Metcalf 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.

Metcalf Early Origins



The surname Metcalf 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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Metcalf Spelling Variations


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Metcalf Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Metcalf has been spelled many different ways, including Metcalfe, Medcalfe, Metcalf, Medcalf, Midkiff and many more.

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Metcalf Early History


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Metcalf Early History



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

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Metcalf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Metcalf 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 Metcalf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Metcalf In Ireland


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Metcalf In Ireland



Some of the Metcalf 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Metcalfs to arrive in North America:

Metcalf Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher and James Metcalf, who both settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Chri Metcalf, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • James Metcalf, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Oswell Metcalf, aged 22, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Elizabeth, Jane, John, Mary, Michael, Rebecca, Sarah, and Thomas Metcalf, who all settled in Boston in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Metcalf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Metcalf, who arrived in New York in 1774

Metcalf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Metcalf, aged 33, arrived in Delaware in 1812
  • Ann Metcalf, aged 25, arrived in America in 1822
  • Elizabeth Metcalf, aged 22, landed in America in 1822
  • Jane Metcalf, aged 20, arrived in America in 1822
  • Isaac Metcalf, aged 24, arrived in America in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Metcalf Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Metcalf, who immigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1772

Metcalf Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Silas Metcalf, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Jonathan Metcalf, who was living in Prince Edward Island in 1891

Metcalf Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Metcalf arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANNA ROBERTSON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839AnnaRobertson.htm
  • Thomas Metcalf, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • John Metcalf, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • John Metcalf, aged 21, a groom, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Metcalf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Metcalf (post 1700)



  • Jesse Houghton Metcalf (1860-1942), American politician, United States Senator from Rhode Island
  • Eric Quinn Metcalf (b. 1968), former American NFL football running back and wide receiver
  • Lee Warren Metcalf (1911-1978), American lawyer, judge, and politician, United States Senator from Montana (1961-1978)
  • Laura Elizabeth "Laurie" Metcalf (b. 1955), American three-time Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom Roseanne
  • James Metcalf, American boatswain mate who served on the schooner Enterprise during the First Barbary War, eponym of the USS Metcalf (DD-595), a Fletcher-class destroyer
  • James "Jimmy" Metcalf (1925-2012), American sculptor, artist and educator
  • Janice Metcalf (b. 1952), retired American professional tennis player
  • Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925), American artist, best known for his landscapes
  • Jack Metcalf (1927-2007), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington (1995-2001)
  • Mark Metcalf (b. 1946), American actor
  • ... (Another 55 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Metcalf


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Suggested Readings for the name Metcalf



  • A Study of Metcalfs, Andrews & Smith by Clayton G. Metcalf.

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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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANNA ROBERTSON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839AnnaRobertson.htm

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. 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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Metcalf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Metcalf 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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