The origins of the Byfild name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes 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 Byfild family
The surname Byfild was first found in Northamptonshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Byfild family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byfild 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 Byfild History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Byfild Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Byfild were recorded, including Byfield, Byfeld, Byfelde, Byfild, Byfielde, Bifield and many more.
Early Notables of the Byfild 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 Byfild Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Byfild family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Byfild family emigrate to North America: Robert Byfield who arrived in America in 1766.