The present generation of the Bifield family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Bifield family
The surname Bifield was first found in Northamptonshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bifield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bifield 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 Bifield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bifield Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bifield include Byfield, Byfeld, Byfelde, Byfild, Byfielde, Bifield and many more.
Early Notables of the Bifield 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 Bifield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bifield family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bifield were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Byfield who arrived in America in 1766.