The name Beardfield first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Beardfield was originally derived from the Old English words byrde
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 Beardfield family
The surname Beardfield was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Beardfield family
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Beardfield Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Beardfield has appeared include Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.
Early Notables of the Beardfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beardfield family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Beardfield arrived in North America very early: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.