Noftall is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Noftall family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Noftall 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 Noftall family
The surname Noftall 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 Noftall family
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Noftall Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Noftall have been found, including Noftall, Noftle, Naftel, Nofty, Noftal and many more.
Early Notables of the Noftall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Noftall family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Noftall were among those contributors:
Noftall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Walter A. Noftall, aged 20, who arrived in America, in 1919
- Chesley Noftall, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1921
Noftall Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Walter Noftall, aged 19, who arrived in St. John's, Newfoundand, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Noftall (post 1700)
- Karen Noftall, Canadian President of the Board of Directors for the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (2010)
- Dr. Frank Noftall, Canadian Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Johns Newfoundland