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

Patfield is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the region of Patty's field. Patfield is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Patfield family name include Padfield, Paddfield, Padfild, Padfeld, Padefeld, Patfield, Padford, Paddford, Patford and many more.

First found in county Staffordshire, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patfield research. Another 298 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1321, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Patfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Patfield surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Albert Padfield, aged 3, who arrived at Ellis Island from Blaenavon in 1906; Alice May Padfield, aged 37, who arrived at Toronto, Canada in 1922; Enoch Padfield, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island from Liverpool in 1905.

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