Waterfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the Waterfield family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Northampton. Their name, however, is a reference to Valtierville, in the Seine-Inferieur region of France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Waterfield family

The surname Waterfield was first found in Northampton where they were Lords of the manor of Waterfield, and descended from a Norman noble from Waterville in Normandy. The sire of the family was John de Wateville who was succeeded by Sir Roger de Wateville, and then Sir Geffrey Wateville. William de Waterville, abbot of Peterborough founded a Benedictine nunnery in St. Martin's, Northamptonshire in honour of our Lady St. Mary and St. Michael temp. Henry II. [1]

Important Dates for the Waterfield family

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Waterfield Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Waterfield, Waterfall, Wateville, Waterville and others.

Early Notables of the Waterfield family (pre 1700)

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Waterfield migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Waterfield name or one of its variants:

Waterfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert and Mary Waterfield, who settled in Jamaica in 1685
Waterfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Waterfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Waterfield migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Waterfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Waterfield, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
  • David Waterfield, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"
  • Thomas Waterfield, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Waterfield migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Waterfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Sarah A. Waterfield, (b. 1837), aged 30, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd January 1868 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Waterfield (post 1700)

  • Richard H. Waterfield, American founder of Waterfield Mortgage Company in 1928 which later became the Waterfield Group, one of the largest private financial services organizations in the United States
  • Richard Allen "Dick" Waterfield (1939-2007), American rancher and politician, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 88
  • Harry Lee Waterfield (1911-1988), American Democrat politician, 42nd and 44th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
  • Robert Stanton "Bob" Waterfield (1920-1983), American NFL Hall of Fame football player
  • Roe Waterfield, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1944 [4]
  • Laura Ferguson Waterfield (1911-1991), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1944 [4]
  • Harry Lee Waterfield (1911-1988), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1938-47, 1950-51; Speaker of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1944-46 [4]
  • Frederick M. Waterfield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1936 [4]
  • Dick Waterfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 13th District, 1990 [4]
  • George Smith Waterfield (1901-1988), English professional association footballer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Waterfield family

HMS Royal Oak
  • William Arthur Waterfield (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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