Barfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Barfield begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Barfield 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 Barfield family

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

Early History of the Barfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barfield research. Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1175, 1275, 1312, 1300, 1500 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Barfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barfield Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Barfield has undergone many spelling variations, including Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.

Early Notables of the Barfield family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Barfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Barfield migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Barfield were among those contributors:

Barfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Barfield, who sailed to Virginia in 1643
Barfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771
Barfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H. Barfield, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1896
Barfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Barfield, aged 23, who landed in America from Leicester, England, in 1907
  • Edward Barfield, aged 24, who landed in America from Killarney, Ireland, in 1908
  • Mabel Barfield, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Leicester, England, in 1910
  • Herbert John Barfield, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Sunninghill, England, in 1911
  • Ernest Barfield, aged 48, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Barfield migration to Australia +

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

Barfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Barfield, aged 27, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [1]

New Zealand Barfield 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:

Barfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. E. E. Barfield, (b. 1839), aged 39, English farm labourer from Gloucester departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Barfield (post 1700) +

  • Doug Barfield (b. 1936), former American football player and coach
  • Joshua LaRoy "Josh" Barfield (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball player
  • Jesse Barfield (b. 1959), American former Major League Baseball right fielder who played from 1981 to 1992, recipient of two-time Gold Glove Awards (1986, 1987), Silver Slugger Award (1986) and AL home run champion (1986)
  • Owen Barfield (1898-1997), British philosopher, author, poet, and critic
  • Ron Barfield (b. 1971), former NASCAR driver
  • Warren Barfield (b. 1979), Christian musician


Suggested Readings for the name Barfield +

  • The Family Directory by Doris Barfield Sanders.

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm


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