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Barrfelt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Barrfelt family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Barrfelt 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 Barrfelt family

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

Early History of the Barrfelt family

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Barrfelt Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Barrfelt include Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.

Early Notables of the Barrfelt family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Barrfelt family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Barrfelt were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.

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