Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Barrfeld 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 Barrfeld family
Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Barrfeld family
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Barrfeld Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Barrfeld were recorded, including Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.
Early Notables of the Barrfeld family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barrfeld family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Barrfeld family emigrate to North America: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.
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