The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Noftal family, who 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 Noftal family
The surname Noftal 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 Noftal family
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Noftal Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Noftal were recorded, including Noftall, Noftle, Naftel, Nofty, Noftal and many more.
Early Notables of the Noftal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Noftal family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Noftal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Noftal, who was in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1855 CITATION[CLOSE]
Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0