The surname of DIGGLE was a locational name 'of Diggle' once a farmstead and hamlet in the parish of Saddleworth on the Yorkshire border of South Lancashire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The earliest of the name on record appears to be DIGEL (without surname) who was recorded in the year 1086 in County Yorkshire. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday Book. Other records of the name mention Thomas Diggle of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard Diggle of Manchester, who was listed in the Wills at Chester in the year 1637. William Diggel of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Samuel Diggle and Elizabeth Cley were married in London in the year 1696. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.
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