Chatfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chatfield is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Chatfields or of Catsfield, in Sussex.

Early Origins of the Chatfield family

The surname Chatfield was first found in Sussex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Chatfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chatfield research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500, 1525 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Chatfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chatfield Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Chatfield has been spelled many different ways, including Chatfield, Chadfield, Chatfields, Chattefeld, Chatfeld, Chadfielde, Chadfeld and many more.

Early Notables of the Chatfield family (pre 1700)

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Chatfield migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Chatfields to arrive in North America:

Chatfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Chatfield, who settled in Connecticut in 1639
  • Francis Chatfield, who arrived in Connecticut in 1639
  • George Chatfield, who landed in New England in 1650 [1]
Chatfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Chatfield, who settled in New York, NY in 1821
  • Alfred Chatfield, who settled in New York, NY in 1821
  • Owen Chatfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
Chatfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adelma Adeline Chatfield, who settled in North Dakota in 1944

Chatfield migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chatfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Sleech Chatfield, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Chatfield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Benj Chatfield, who settled in Canada sometime between 1832 and 1837
  • Albert Chatfield, who settled in Ontario in 1871
Chatfield Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Geo Chatfield, who settled in Canada in 1926

Chatfield migration to Australia

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

Chatfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Arthur William Chatfield a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [2]
  • Alfred William Chatfield, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [3]
  • Harriett Chatfield, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [3]
  • Levi Chatfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [4]
  • Ann Chatfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chatfield 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:

Chatfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Chatfield, aged 16, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Mr. Chatfield, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Wild Duck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th December 1867 [5]
  • Mr. Chatfield, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Queen Bee" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 10th January 1872 [5]
  • Henry F. Chatfield, aged 31, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Clara Chatfield, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Chatfield (post 1700)

  • Levi Starr Chatfield (1808-1884), American lawyer and politician
  • Thomas Chatfield (1871-1922), federal judge for the United States District Court
  • Judie Chatfield, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1992 [6]
  • James M. Chatfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Thomaston, 1906, 1908 [6]
  • Henry W. Chatfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Woodbridge, 1906 [6]
  • Emily B. Chatfield, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Voluntown; Elected 1926; Defeated, 1932 [6]
  • Eli Perry Chatfield (b. 1846), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1900 [6]
  • David I. Chatfield, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1847, 1858 [6]
  • Constant Webb Chatfield (1849-1921), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Voluntown; Elected 1918 [6]
  • C. C. Chatfield, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1856 [6]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Chatfield family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Edwin H Chatfield (b. 1910), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Alexander G. Chatfield, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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