Show ContentsChacksfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chacksfield is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Chatfields or of Catsfield, in Sussex. [1] [2] However, another source claims the name came from "Catfield (field frequented by wild cats), in Norfolk. " [3]

Early Origins of the Chacksfield family

The surname Chacksfield was first found in Sussex, where William Chattefeld was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. A very rare name, we must look to 1525 to find the next entry, that of Richard Chatfield in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1525. [4]

Early History of the Chacksfield family

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Chacksfield 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 Chacksfield 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 Chacksfield include: Chatfield, Chadfield, Chatfields, Chattefeld, Chatfeld, Chadfielde, Chadfeld and many more.

Early Notables of the Chacksfield family

Distinguished members of the family include William de Chattefeld, a prominent 13th century landholder in Sussex. Later, Edward Chatfield (1800-1839), painter, belonged to an old English family, and was son of John Chattield, a distiller at Croydon, and Anne Humfrey, his wife. He was originally destined for the East India House; but having an innate predilection for art, and there...
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Migration of the Chacksfield family

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 Chacksfield or a variant listed above: George Chatfield, who settled in Connecticut in 1639; Francis Chatfield, who arrived in Connecticut in 1639; Edward Chatfield, who came to New York, NY in 1821.



  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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