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Where did the English Bloomfield family come from? What is the English Bloomfield family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bloomfield family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bloomfield family history?

The name Bloomfield was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bloomfield family lived in Norfolk, where the family has a rich history dating back many years. Their name, however, derives from their previous locality of residence, Blundeville, near Pont l'Eveque, Normandy.


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bloomefield, Blundeville, Blomfield, Blumfield, Blundville and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloomfield research. Another 287 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1576 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Bloomfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Bloomfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bloomfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bloomfield or a variant listed above:

Bloomfield Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Bloomfield who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Sarah Bloomfield settled in New England in 1634
  • Sarah Bloomfield, aged 1, arrived in New England in 1634
  • William Bloomfield, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Nathaniel Bloomfield, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Bloomfield Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Noah Bloomfield settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1796

Bloomfield Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Bloomfield, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Sand Bloomfield, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Saml Bloomfield, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Samuel Bloomfield, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • David Bloomfield settled in Belfast Me. in 1822


  • Joseph Bloomfield (1753-1823), American politician, Governor of New Jersey
  • Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949), American linguist
  • Mike Bloomfield (1943-1981), American musician, guitarist and composer
  • Colonel Michael J Bloomfield (b. 1959), former American astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions with over 753 hours in space
  • Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823), English poet
  • Sir John Stoughton Bloomfield (1901-1989), Australian lawyer and politician
  • Sir Kenneth Percy Bloomfield (b. 1931), British administrator and politician, Minister of Finance of Northern Ireland (1952-56)
  • Major William Anderson Bloomfield VC (1873-1954), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War


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  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Bloomfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bloomfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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