I have supposed roots back to a knight from a particular village in Normandy (thus named de Camville) who accompanied William Camfield in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. He was likely one of three brothers.
Records, of course, mostly deal with de Camvilles who distinguished themselves to history. These, one Richard in particular, are belabored over and over (ad nauseam) on the Internet by those attempting for forge descent from them.
I'm rather certain myself that my Camfield line in Northamptonshire developed from a branch of the Camvilles, as there are spotty records of them in the pre-1500s as the name was morphing through various spellings through estimations of record keepers and individuals themselves of varying levels of literacy--in the same manner that Camfield was the source of present-day hordes of Canfields.
Any information on the Northants crowd would be greatly appreciated. I'm on pretty firm ground back to the great grandfather of my immigrant ancestor Matthew Camfield of Harlestone who was one of the early settlers of New Haven, Conn., in the 1630s.
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