Byfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Byfield comes from the family having resided 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. [1]

The place name literally means "place by the open country," from the Old English "bi" + "feld." [2]

Early Origins of the Byfield family

The surname Byfield was first found in Northamptonshire, at Byfield, a parish, in the union of Daventry, hundred of Chipping-Warden. [3] [4] [5]

One of the first records of the family was found in Norfolk where Nigel de Bifeld was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1202. Later Robert de Byfeld was listed in the Assize Rolls for Northamptonshire in 1314-1316. Later again, Adam Byfelde was found in Gloucestershire in 1367. [6]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included an entry for John de Byfeld, but no county was provided for this entry. [7]

Early History of the Byfield family

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Byfield Spelling Variations

Byfield has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Byfield, Byfeld, Byfelde, Byfild, Byfielde, Bifield and many more.

Early Notables of the Byfield family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Nicholas Byfield (1579-1622), a prominent Puritan minister and writer. He was a native of Warwickshire, son by his first wife of Richard Byfield, who became vicar of Stratford-on-Avon in January 1597. Nicholas was entered at Exeter College, Oxford, in Lent term 1596, as 'aged 17 at least,' which gives 1579 as the latest date for his birth. Taking orders he intended to exercise his ministry in Ireland; but on his way thither he preached at Chester, and was prevailed upon to remain as one of the city preachers, without cure. He lectured at...
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Byfield Ranking

In the United States, the name Byfield is the 17,418th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [8]

United States Byfield migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Byfields to arrive on North American shores:

Byfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Byfield, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1674 [9]
Byfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Byfield who arrived in America in 1766
Byfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ada Byfield, aged 22, who immigrated to America, in 1905
  • Catherine Byfield, aged 43, who landed in America from Birmingham, England, in 1920
  • David Byfield, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Allen Byfield, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Annie Byfield, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Byfield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Byfield Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edward Byfield, aged 65, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914
  • Ada Byfield, aged 55, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1922

Australia Byfield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Byfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Byfield, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for life, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. John Byfield, (b. 1817), aged 19, English convict who was convicted in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1886 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Byfield (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Ninde Byfield (1930-1988), née Ninde, an American author and illustrator
  • Ernest Lessing "Ernie" Byfield (1890-1950), American hotelier and restaurateur who was active from the 1930s through the 1950s in Chicago, Illinois
  • Darren Asherton Byfield (b. 1976), English professional footballer
  • Edward Bartlett "Ted" Byfield (1928-2021), Canadian journalist, publisher, and editor who founded the Alberta Report, BC Report and Western Report newsmagazines
  • Trevor "Zig" Byfield (1943-2017), British actor, most recently known for his role as Reg in EastEnders in 2010
  • Allan George Richard Byfield (b. 1913), Jamaican school teacher and politician, Senator of the West Indies Federation (1958-1962), and President of the Senate of Jamaica (1972-1980)
  • Bruce Byfield (b. 1958), Canadian journalist who specializes in writing about free and open source software
  • Shadrack Byfield (1789-1874), British infantryman who served in the 41st Regiment during the War of 1812, best known for his memoir of his wartime experiences, "A Narrative of a Light Company Soldier's Service"
  • Althea Latoya Byfield (b. 1982), Jamaican three-time bronze medalist international basketball and netball player
  • Eric Linkord "Link" Byfield (1951-2015), Canadian news columnist, author and politician, founder of the Citizens Centre for Freedom and Democracy
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  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
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  9. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th May 2022).
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th March 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook