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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Other Forms Forms[Metcalf], Metcalf, Medcalf

Meaning & History

An occupational name from Northern England, from Old English mete, 'food' and calf, 'calf', i.e calfs being fattened for consumption in late summer. Thus, making this surname an occupational name for either a slaughterer or herdsman. It primarily originated in Yorkshire.

The surname has absorbed the Northumbrian forms Medcaff & Metcaff, almost in their entirety.
Added 5/8/2016 by McLeeds
Edited 9/10/2016 by McLeeds