Dangerfield Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Dangerfield Origin:


Origins of Dangerfield:

This interesting surname, now appeared mainly in the West Midlands, is a geographical name from any of the regions in Normandy called Angerville (with the mixed preposition de), acquiring from the Old particular Norse name “Asgeirr”, from, “as” which means “God”, and “geirr”, which means weapon, and the Old French “ville” which means”agreement” or “Hamlet”. The name was first brought into England by the supporters of William the Conqueror, after the Norman conquest of 1066. The surname is sometimes dated back to the mid-12th Century, and other previous recordings such as William de Angeruill, in the 1205 Pipe Rolls of Dorset. Documentation from the London Parish Records contain the naming of Samuel, son of Richard Dangerfield, in March 1611, at St. Mary Abchurch, the christening of Richard Dangerfield in November 1616, at St. Thomas the Apostle and the naming of Sybil, daughter of Robert Dangerfield, in April 1625, at St. Martin Orgar and St. Clement Eastcheap. One Walcup Dangerfield, a traveler to the New World, moved from London aboard the “Bachelor” bound for Bristol in May 1679.


More common variations are: Dangerfieled, Dangierfield, Dangerfieldt, Danigerfeld, Dangerfeild, Dangerfueld.


The surname Dangerfield first appeared in Dorset where they held a family seat as kings of the castle. After the invasion of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having overcome to King Harold, given most of Britain to his many winning champions.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of William de Angeruill, dated about 1250, in the “pipe rolls of Dorest.” It was during the time of King John, who was known to be the “Lackland,” dated 1199-1216. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.


Many of the people with surname Dangerfield had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Dangerfield settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. People with the name Dangerfield who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Wartus Dangerfield, who settled in Barbados in 1661. John Dangerfield, who came to Maryland in 1663. Rose Dangerfield, who landed in Maryland in 1669. James Dangerfield, who came to Virginia sometime between 1689 and 1698.

People with the surname Dangerfield who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Elizabeth Dangerfield, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1719. Richard Dangerfield, who arrived in Virginia in 1732

The following century saw many more Dangerfield surnames come. Some of the people with the name Dangerfield who came to the United States in the 19th century included W. P. Dangerfield, who came to San Francisco in 1850. Benjamin Dangerfield, who arrived in Allegheny Co, Pennsylvania in 1872. Edward Dangerfield, who came to Illinois in 1880.


People with the surname Dangerfield who settled in Canada in the 19th century included I. F. Dangerfield, who came to Toronto in 1871. F. Dangerfield, who arrived in Ontario in 1871. C. Dangerfield, who arrived in Quebec in 1884.


Some of the people with the surname Dangerfield who settled in Australia in the 19th century included Samuel Dangerfield, English prisoner from Nottingham, who shifted aboard the “Ann” in August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia. James Dangerfield was an English prisoner from Warwick, who moved aboard the “Asia” in October 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Dangerfield: United States 3,463; England 1,285; Australia 667; Canada 201; South Africa 164; Germany 134; New Zealand 83; Wales 56; Ireland 38; Isle of Man 21.

Notable People:

Chris Dangerfield, (born 1955), is an English football player.

Fyfe Dangerfield (born 1980), is an English composer and singer with Guillemots.

Joseph Dangerfield (born 1977), is an American Composer, Theorist, Conductor and Pianist.

George Dangerfield (1904–1986), was an English-American scholar.

Gordon Dangerfield, (born 1885), was an Australian football player.

Grahame Dangerfield was a British naturalist.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Bromyard, co. Worcester). Gu. a cinquefoil erm. within a bordure az. bezantee. Crest—A griffin’s head erased ppr.
2) Same Arms. Crest—A savage’s head wreathed about the temples with laurel leaves ppr.

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