name Toffield comes from when the family resided in either of the towns named Duffield in Derbyshire
and in North Yorkshire
. The surname Toffield belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Toffield family
The surname Toffield was first found in North Yorkshire
at either North or South Duffield, villages and civil parishes in the Selby District. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Dufeld. Alternatively, the name could have originated from Duffield, a village, beside the River Derwent, at its junction with the River Ecclesbourne in Derbyshire
. This locale also dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Duvelle, but by the 12th century, the locale was known as Duffeld. The place name literally means "open land frequented by doves." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"In Domesday Book
it is called Dunelle, and is described as having 'a church, a priest, and two mills;' it afterwards formed part of the demesne of Henry de Ferrers, who, in 1096, possessed a castle on an eminence north-west of the village, the site of which is now named Castle-Orchard." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Toffield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toffield research.Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1273, 1379 and 1383 are included under the topic Early Toffield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Toffield Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Toffield has been recorded under many different variations, including Duffield, Duffeld, Duffell, Duffill, Duffitt and others.
Early Notables of the Toffield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Toffield family to Ireland
Some of the Toffield family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Toffield family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Toffield or a variant listed above: John Duffield, a boy of 14, who landed in Virginia in 1622. Benjamin Duffield made New Jersey his home in 1678. Over the next hundred
years, the Duffield name was to be found in Philadelphia and other major eastern seaboard cities..
The Toffield 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: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.