Barfeild History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Barfeild name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Barfeild was originally derived from the Old English words byrde and feld, which mean riverbank and farmed land. The name was also given to those who came from Bardfield, a place in Essex.

Early Origins of the Barfeild family

The surname Barfeild was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Barfeild family

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Barfeild 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 Barfeild include Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.

Early Notables of the Barfeild family (pre 1700)

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United States Barfeild migration to the United States +

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 Barfeild or a variant listed above:

Barfeild Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Barfeild, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Ester Barfeild, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook