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The origins of the Metcalfe name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from 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 Metcalfe 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.

Metcalfe Early Origins



The surname Metcalfe 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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Metcalfe Spelling Variations


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Metcalfe Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Metcalfe were recorded, including Metcalfe, Medcalfe, Metcalf, Medcalf, Midkiff and many more.

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Metcalfe Early History


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Metcalfe Early History



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

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Metcalfe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Metcalfe In Ireland


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Metcalfe In Ireland



Some of the Metcalfe 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 oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Metcalfe family emigrate to North America:

Metcalfe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Michill Metcalfe, aged 45, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637

Metcalfe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Leonard Metcalfe, who was bound out as a servant upon arriving in South Carolina in 1727

Metcalfe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Metcalfe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • John H Metcalfe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Metcalfe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Metcalfe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Eliza Metcalfe, aged 33, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • John Metcalfe, aged 39, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Metcalfe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Metcalfe (post 1700)



  • Simon Metcalfe (1735-1794), English-born, American surveyor and one of the first maritime fur traders to visit the Pacific Northwest coast
  • Robert Melancton "Bob" Metcalfe (b. 1946), American electrical engineer who co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law, awarded the National Medal of Technology (2003)
  • Jesse Eden Metcalfe (b. 1978), American actor, best known for his portrayal of John Rowland on Desperate Housewives
  • Jane Metcalfe, American magazine publisher, co-founder and former president of Wired Ventures
  • H. C. Metcalfe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1888, 1904
  • George Metcalfe, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1900
  • George Metcalfe, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1796-98
  • Frank B. Metcalfe, American politician, Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Wisconsin, 1920; Progressive Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 7th District, 1938
  • Fortescue C. Metcalfe (b. 1877), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 5th District, 1903-04; Defeated, 1904
  • E. W. Metcalfe (1887-1966), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1947-48; Defeated, 1944, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1960
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Metcalfe Historic Events


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Metcalfe Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Joshua Metcalfe, British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Thomas Metcalfe, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Matthew Metcalfe (b. 1919), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Sunderland, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Metcalfe


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Suggested Readings for the name Metcalfe



  • Metcalfe & Related Families by Annie Walker Burns.

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Metcalfe Family Crest Products


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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) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  11. ...

The Metcalfe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Metcalfe 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.

This page was last modified on 17 June 2016 at 04:24.

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