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

The ancestors of the Fields surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the area that was near a field. This surname is a topographic name and is derived from the Old English word feld, which literally means the pasture or open country. In this case, the bearer of the surname Fields lived in an area of land that was cleared of forest.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fields include Field, Feild, Felde and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fields research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1620 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Fields History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fields Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Fields family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Fields Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuell Fields, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Mary Fields, who landed in Virginia in 1750

Fields Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick W Fields, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • Thomas Fields, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • S Fields, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Fields, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • B Fields, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • James Thomas Fields (1817-1881), American writer and publisher
  • First Lieutenant James H Fields (1920-1970), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Totie Fields (b. 1978), American comedian
  • W C Fields (1880-1946), born William Claude Dukenfield, American comedian, juggler and actor notorious for his (false) on-screen snarling contempt for dogs, children, and women
  • Dorothy Fields (1905-1974), American librettist and lyricist
  • Lew Fields (1867-1941), born as Moses Schoenfeld, an American actor, comedian, vaudeville star, theatre manager and producer, half of the comic duo Weber and Fields
  • Herbert Fields (1897-1958), American librettist and screenwriter
  • William Jason Fields (1874-1954), American politician, 41st Governor of Kentucky (1923-1927)
  • Jackie Fields (1908-1987), born Jacob Finkelstein, an American gold medalist boxer at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Brandon David Fields (b. 1984), American NFL football punter for the Miami Dolphins



  • The Fields Family: With Notes on Whitehall and Dodd by Ruth Fields Lewis.
  • Notes on Fields and Congeneric Families of Ohio and Indiana, 1800-1982 by Elsie Fields Dawson.

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