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Nessfield Coat of Arms / Nessfield Family Crest

Nessfield Coat of Arms / Nessfield Family Crest

This ancient surname of NESSFIELD was of the locational group of surnames 'of NESFIELD' a place in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form NEATES-FELD literally meaning the dweller at the open land where cattle was kept. The earliest of the name on record appears to be NACEFIELD (without surname) who was listed as a tenant-in-chief in the Domesday Book of 1086. 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 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. NETHESFELD (without surname) was recorded in Yorkshire in 1212, and NESSEFELD (without surname) appears in 1271. Edwin NESFELD of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. As a general rule, the further someone had travelled from his place of origin, the broader the designation. Someone who stayed at home might be known by the name of his farm or locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of the county or region from which he originated. Later instances of the name include James Round and Elizabeth Bishop, who were married by the Rev. NETEFELD in Canterbury, Kent in the year 1662, and William Wood and Susanne NESFIELD were married at the same place in 1666. 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 in County York.


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last updated on: November 23rd, 2019

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