The Nethercliffe surname is derived from the Middle English words "nether(e)," meaning "lower," and "cot," meaning "cottage." It was most likely a habitational name created from any of several places so named; such as Nethercott in Oxfordshire
, Nethercote in Warwickshire
, or Nethercott in Devon.
Early Origins of the Nethercliffe family
The surname Nethercliffe was first found in Northampton
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1208 when Ern de Nethercot held estates in Oxfordshire.
Early History of the Nethercliffe family
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Nethercliffe Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Nethercliffe family name include Nethery, Nethercott, Nethercoat, Nethercott and others.
Early Notables of the Nethercliffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nethercliffe family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Nethercliffe surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Nethercliffe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Nethercliffe, who arrived in America in 1733
- William Nethercliffe, who settled in America in 1752