There has been much speculation about the origin of  the name Metcalf . The original seat of the family was  in the North and Northwest part of Yorkshire, in Eng-  land. The name is found in the old records spelled  variously: Metkalff, Medcalffe, Mydcalfe, Medcalf, Mede-  calfe, Meitcalve, Medecafe, Metecalfe, and many others.  The name is still a very common one in Yorkshire,  where it was, and is yet sometimes pronounced "Mecca."  The traditions are that the early Metcalfs were as a race  unusually large, strong men. There is a familiar story  of the strong-armed hero who twisted the neck of a ferocious bull, and reported that he "Met a calf over there,"  and so was called the Man who Met a Calf, or the Met-calf.  In later times. Rev. B. E. Metcalf, Rector of Ferrybridge, Yorkshire, writes that he knew in Mukar, Craven, Yorkshire, eight families of Metcalfs, one a father  and seven sons, and all very large men, over six feet tall.  Craven is an old Metcalf district in Yorkshire. Whittaker's ** History of Craven " derives the name Metcalf from  the old Saxon **Mechalgh," halgh meaning a tract of  land and Mechalgh, the Men of Mec's land.  Another derivation is perhaps more probable. There  are in Craven, twelve miles southeast of Dent, three hills, or a small mountain with three peaks, now called the  Pennegent hills, but long known as the Three Calves.

4 METCALF GENEALOGY A. D. 1278 (Edward I.) it is recorded that Adam de  Medekalf , that is Adam of the Middle Calf, was killed  by one Steynebrigge in single combat. The prefix Mede  is derived from the German Mitte, Saxon Midd, English  Middle. This Adam of Metcalf in 1278, was the eighth  in descent from the original Dane Arkefrith, who came  to England in 10 16 with King Canute, who gave him  lands in Northwest Yorkshire, and made him ** Lord of  Dent, Sedburg and Askrigg,'* names still to be found  on the maps of Yorkshire.