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

The name Fairfield reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fairfield family lived in the counties of Lancashire, Derbyshire and Somerset.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fairfield family name include Fairfield, Farefield, Farfield and others.

First found in Cumberland 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 Fairfield research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fairfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Fairfield family to immigrate North America:

Fairfield Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Fairfield settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Daniel Fairfield, who arrived in America in 1620
  • John Fairfield, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1639
  • James Fairfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

Fairfield Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Fairfield settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822
  • Arthur Fairfield, aged 46, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • H Fairfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • B L Fairfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Fairfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Sir Ronald Fairfield, Electrical Engineer
  • L D Fairfield, RAF Officer and qualified as both Doctor and Lawyer


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The Fairfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fairfield 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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