Bayfeeled History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Bayfeeled family
The surname Bayfeeled was first found in Norfolk, a Bayfield, a parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred of Holt. 
Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the under-tenant of the lands of Bayfield which were held by under-tenant Walter Giffard from the King (Duke William) and who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Walter (Gautier) Giffard was Count of Longueville, and his main seat was at Aveton Manor. He and his relations held many manors.
Early History of the Bayfeeled family
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Bayfeeled Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bayfield, Baifield, Bafield, Bayfeld and others.
Early Notables of the Bayfeeled family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Bayfield (died 1531) an English Protestant martyr. After exile to the Low Countries, he then returned to England and was active in circulating the New Testament and other prohibited books, including the works of Luther, Zwingli and Melancthon. He was discovered, imprisoned...
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Migration of the Bayfeeled family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bayfeeled name or one of its variants: Geo Bayfeild, who settled in Virginia in 1670; Jean Jaque Bavill, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1752; and J. Bayfeld, who arrived in New York, NY in 1864..
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.