The gentleman whose picture appears above is Isaac Duncalf (1747-1810) who lived in Hitchin Hertfordshire; his ancestors came from Penkridge in Staffordshire. He appears to have been quite a character. The picture was drawn by Samuel Lucas who evidently knew Isaac.
The Duncalf coat of arms (argent a chevron gules between three calves sable) was granted to a Thomas Duncalf, a lawyer, who lived between about 1420 and 1480 at Foxwist, near Prestbury in Cheshire. Thomas was Sheriff of Cheshire in 1460. There is a similar coat of arms in the church of Patrington in East Yorkshire, where one of his descendants lived. As there is no-one living who can prove a connection with these Duncalfs, the coat of arms cannot be used by any living Duncalf family. However, I hope someday to prove a connection between the living familes and this illustrious Cheshire family. To turn to the present, I have been researching these names now for 28 years and have collected a mass of information from all over the world. I will be very pleased to hear from anyone else who is researching the name, wherever they may live, and am always delighted to share and receive information.
2009 is the 25th anniversary of the very first Duncalf newsletter that was sent to all the Duncalfs who I found in the UK telephone directories. Many of the people that I wrote to in 1984 are still corresponding with me, and many are subscribers to my one-name newsletter, the Duncalf Dossier, that is published twice a year and may be received for a small annual subscription. Many interesting and diverse stories about Duncalfs past and present have appeared in the Dossier over the years.
If you are a Duncuff or a Duncuft you can be assured that at one time your ancestors were called Duncalf as I have solid evidence for the change of name at a specific time. There is a brief outline of many of the separate families I have researched in the Comments section. Why not browse and see if you can spot your Duncalf family.
Please get in touch with me if you are researching any of these names, and I invite you also to read the Duncalf Profile on the website of the Guild of One-Name Studies (link given above) to which I have belonged for many years.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a Duncalf group on Facebook