The name Neufield reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Neufield family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Neufield family lived in Guernsey. Their name, however, is a reference to the Bailiwick of Neufchatel-en-Dary, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Neufield family
The surname Neufield was first found in Guernsey where they held a family seat
from very early times and acquired the lands of Noftall. They were originally from Fief of Bully, held by Robert Mellevilla in the Bailiwick of Neufchatel-en-Dary in Normandy
. In 1184 Engueran (Ingram) de Moncellis held Neufchatel according to the Norman Exchequer Rolls of 1184. They were conjecturally descended from Neufchatel. This family also held the lands of Nun Coton in Lincolnshire.
Early History of the Neufield family
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Neufield Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Noftall, Noftle, Naftel, Nofty, Noftal and many more.
Early Notables of the Neufield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Neufield family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Neufield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- David Neufield, who landed in Manitoba in 1878