This unusual name is a variant spelling of the Old Norse-Viking pre 9th Century 'Ingvarr-feld', which translates as the field or farm of 'Ingar', the latter being a popular personal name still used in parts of Europe. 'Ingarfield' is a 'lost' medieval village believed to have been in the Essex region, although today the main area of recordings are in London. 'Ingar' itself is made up of the elements 'Ing', the Norse God of fertility and 'garth', a place. The name recordings include the following 'links' to the modern spelling William Ingarfull, a witness at St. Botlph's Church, without Aldgate, London, on September 10th 1713, and Charles Ingarfield at St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, London, on July 17th 1732. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomassine Enkerfild, (christened), which was dated September 19th 1596, St. Katherines- by- the-Tower, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, 'Good Queen Bess', 1558-1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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