The name Beyfield is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Northamptonshire, where the name is associated with the village of Byfield. In the Domesday Book
of 1086, Byfield was recorded as lands held by Hugh de Grandmesnil and Earl Hugh.
Early Origins of the Beyfield family
The surname Beyfield was first found in Northamptonshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Beyfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beyfield research.Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1367, 1579, 1597, 1597, 1616, 1654, 1741, 1579, 1622, 1598, 1664 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Beyfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beyfield Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Beyfield are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Beyfield include: Byfield, Byfeld, Byfelde, Byfild, Byfielde, Bifield and many more.
Early Notables of the Beyfield family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Nicholas Byfield (1579-1622), a prominent puritan minister and writer; Richard Byfield (c.1598-1664), an English clergyman, Sabbatarian controversialist, member of the... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beyfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beyfield family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Beyfield or a variant listed above: Robert Byfield who arrived in America in 1766.