When the ancestors of the Neild family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Neild family
The surname Neild was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Grittleton, pre-Conquest called Grutelington (940 AD) and by the Domesday Book
in 1086, the place name had changed to Gretelintone. 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 parish of Grittleton included the Glastonbury Abbey, one of the richest churches in England
at that time. At the time of the Conquest, the lands were held by Urso from the Bishop of Coutance, conjecturally the ancestor of this distinguished family.
Early History of the Neild family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neild research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1754, 1857, 1789, 1836, 1485, 1828, 1952, 1950, 1678, 1743, 1805, 1891, 1845, 1846, 1900, 1894, 1895, 1850, 1641 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Neild History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Neild Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Neild has been recorded under many different variations, including Neeld, Neald, Neild, Nield, Nields, Neelde, Nealde, Neilde, Nielde, Neele and many more.
Early Notables of the Neild family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Daniel Neal (1678-1743), an English historian; Sir John Neeld (1805-1891), 1st Baronet
, MP for Cricklade and Chippenham, gentlemen of the privy council, married Elizabeth Harriet in 1845; his son Sir Algernon William Neeld (1846-1900) was 2nd Baronet
and Sheriff of Wiltshire... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neild Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Neild family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Neilds were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Neild Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Neild, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
- John Neild, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- John Neild, who settled in Delaware Bay in 1683
Neild Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Thomas Neild, Joseph and Mark Neild, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1867 to 1873
Contemporary Notables of the name Neild (post 1700)
- John Camden Neild (1780-1852), English miser
- John Cash Neild (1846-1911), English-born Australian politician
- Stuart Neild (b. 1970), English author
- Robert Ralph Neild (b. 1924), British Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge University
- James Neild (1744-1814), British prison reformer
The Neild Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nomen extendere factis
Motto Translation: The name matches the deed