Cawfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cawfield family

The surname Cawfield was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Corfham of the river Corve, held by Earl Roger, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The holding later became known as Corfield or Corfhull. Corfe Castle is a ruinous castle in the village and civil parish named Corfe Castle, Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and is today protected as a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Important Dates for the Cawfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cawfield research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1580 are included under the topic Early Cawfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cawfield Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Corfield, Corfham, Corve, Corfe, Corfhull, Corful, Corfull, Cawfield, Cafield and many more.

Early Notables of the Cawfield family (pre 1700)

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Cawfield migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cawfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Cawfield, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Patrick Cawfield, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [2]

Cawfield migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cawfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. M. Cawfield, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [3]
  • Bryan Cawfield, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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