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Where did the English Westerfeld family come from? What is the English Westerfeld family crest and coat of arms? When did the Westerfeld family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Westerfeld family history?The Westerfeld surname is derived from the Old English words "west" meaning "west," and "feld," meaning "open country;" it was likely taken on as a habitational name from either of two places, Westfield, in Norfolk and Westfield, in Sussex; or it may have been a name for someone who lived to the west of an open field.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Westfield, Westerfill, Westerfeild, Westfield, Westfill, Westfill and many more.
First found in Bedfordshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1276 when John Westfield held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westerfeld research. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1455, 1487, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Westerfeld History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Westerfeld Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jane Westerfield, who came to Virginia in 1628; Grace Westfield, who came to America in 1716; Richard Westfield, who came to America in 1745; Elizabeth Westfield, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1775.
The Westerfeld Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Westerfeld 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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