The name Bearfeild has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived on farmland near a riverbank. The surname Bearfeild 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 Bearfeild family
The surname Bearfeild was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bearfeild family
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Bearfeild Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bearfeild have been found, including Barrfield, Barfield, Barfeild, Bardfield, Bardefeld, Berdefeld and many more.
Early Notables of the Bearfeild family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bearfeild family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bearfeild, or a variant listed above: Thomas Barfeild, who sailed to Virginia in 1643. Ann Barfield journeyed to America in 1771.