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The ancestors of the bearers of the Banfield family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in one of two villages called Bamfyld in the counties of Devon and Somerset.

Banfield Early Origins



The surname Banfield was first found in Devon, at Poltimore where John Baumfield was the original ancestor of this family having been granted lands there during the reign of Edward I. His pedigree can be traced for three generations before that period. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The family were bequeathed the manor of Poltimore in 1298 by William Pontyngton, Canon of Exeter Cathedral. Today Poltimore House is a 18th-century country house having gone through many changes from the original grant. The current iteration of Poltimore House was built by Richard Bampfylde (d.1595) about 1550 or so.

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Banfield Spelling Variations


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Banfield Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Banfield include Bamfield, Bammfield, Bramfield, Bamfeld, Bampfeld, Bampfield, Banfilde, Bampfild, Bampfyld, Bamfeild, Banfield and many more.

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Banfield Early History


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Banfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banfield research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1272, 1462, 1492, 1575, 1581, 1582, 1642, 1752, 1766, 1560, 1626, 1597, 1585, 1621, 1622, 1628, 1629, 1683, 1633, 1692, 1659, 1671, 1679, 1685 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Banfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Banfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Banfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Richard de Bamfield, a prominent 13th century landholder in Hertfordshire; Sir Amyas Bampfylde (1560-1626), an English Member of Parliament, Member of Parliament for Devon (1597); his son, John Bampfield (born ca. 1585), an English politician, Member of Parliament for...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Banfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Banfield or a variant listed above:

Banfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Banfield, who arrived in America in 1765

Banfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Banfield, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • J F Banfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Joseph Banfield, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • John Banfield, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Banfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hewit Banfield, a cooper, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Banfield, a cooper, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Pearce Banfield, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Henry Banfield, aged 18, a bootmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Ann Banfield, aged 32, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Banfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Banfield (post 1700)



  • Thomas Jacob Banfield (b. 1895), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chemung County, 1934; Defeated, 1934; Chair of Chemung County Democratic Party, 1942
  • Thomas Harry Banfield (1885-1950), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1940
  • Mildred H. Banfield, American Republican politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 4th District, 1973-74
  • John Banfield Jr., American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Isles of Scilly, 1884-98; SAINT Mary's, 1905
  • Fred Banfield, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 4th District, 1964
  • Edith D. Banfield, American Republican politician, Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Moultonborough 1938; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Moultonborough, 1948
  • Dorothy Banfield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • Charles W. Banfield, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for New Hampshire State Senate 4th District, 1938
  • Edward C Banfield (1916-1999), American political scientist, who spent most of his career at Harvard
  • Gottfried von Banfield (1890-1986), Austro-Hungarian pilot of the First World War, later businessman
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Banfield Historic Events


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Banfield Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Kenneth J Banfield (b. 1922), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Aldingbourne, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Terance Banfield, British Ordnance Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick James Banfield (d. 1912), aged 28, English Second Class passenger from Plymouth, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

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