Today Barnfield is a ward and area in Luton, England
and home to Barnfield College.
Early Origins of the Bernfield family
The surname Bernfield was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Bernfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bernfield research.Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1396, 1472, 1455, 1487, 1574 and 1627 are included under the topic Early Bernfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bernfield Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bernfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Barnfield, Barnefield, Bornfield, Bernfield and many more.
Early Notables of the Bernfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bernfield family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bernfield or a variant listed above: Albert James Barnfield, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Nailsworth, England
, in 1907; Alice Barnfield, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Brasfod, England, in 1907.