Wainfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Wainfield family

The surname Wainfield was first found in Suffolk at Wingfield, an ancient Saxon village that dates back to c. 1035 when it was listed as Wingefeld and probably meant "open land of the family or followers of a man called Wiga," from the Old English personal name + "-inga" + "feld." [1]

"The Wingfields of Wingfield and Letheringham, both in Suffolk, a distinguished family of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, are traced nearly to the Conquest, though they do not appear to have been lords of the manor or castle of Wingfield before the reign of Edward II. " [2]

Wingfield Castle, was the ancestral home of the Wingfield family and their heirs. Of note was Sir John de Wingfield (died c. 1361), Chief Administrator to Edward the Black Prince, a title received c. 1351 as a result of his devotion his prince including Crecy in 1346 and in the Normandy campaign in 1347-1348. Wingfield College "was founded on the south side of the church [of Wingfield] by the will of Sir John Wingfield, in 1362, for a provost and nine priests." [3]

Important Dates for the Wainfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wainfield research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1361, 1456, 1525, 1523, 1525, 1403, 1454, 1464, 1539, 1534, 1550, 1634, 1552, 1551, 1552, 1560, 1626, 1597, 1621, 1626, 1545, 1533, 1536, 1628, 1660 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Wainfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wainfield Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Winfield, Wingfield and others.

Early Notables of the Wainfield family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Wingfield (d. 1361), High Steward and Councilor to the Prince of Wales, who accompanied the Prince on his campaigns in France, Chief Administrator to Edward the Black Prince; Sir Richard Wingfield, (1456-1525), from Letheringham, Suffolk, English courtier, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1523-1525); Sir Robert Wingfield of Letheringham, Suffolk (1403-1454), an English knight; Sir Robert Wingfield (1464?-1539), an English diplomat; Lady Bridget Wingfield (died 1534) close friend and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn; Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt (1550-1634), an English...
Another 88 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wainfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wainfield family to Ireland

Some of the Wainfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wainfield family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Wingfield, who came to Virginia in 1606, 14 years before the Mayflower arrived; William Winfield, who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1722; Elizabeth Winfield and her husband, who settled in Boston in 1716.

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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