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Enfield Coat of Arms / Enfield Family Crest

Enfield Coat of Arms / Enfield Family Crest

During the Middle Ages surnames were first used in order to distinguish between numbers of people bearing the same christian name. As taxation, under William The Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066, became the law, documentation became essential, and names were chosen from a man's trade, his father's name, some personal physical characteristic, or from his place of residence. In the case of the name ENFIELD it was a locational name from the place so called in County Middlesex, England. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form ENFELDE, literally meaning the dweller in or near the field. The earliest of the name on record appears to be ENDEFELD (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1066. ENEFORD (without surname) was recorded in Middlesex in the year 1223. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. A later instance of the name mentions William de ENEFIELD, who was recorded in London in the year 1190. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at County Middlesex.


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