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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Critchfield is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Crick, in the diocese of Peterborough. This place-name is derived from the Old English word creke, which means a creek.

Critchfield Early Origins



The surname Critchfield was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Critchfield Spelling Variations


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Critchfield 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. Critchfield has been spelled many different ways, including Criche, Crich, Crick, Critch, Creyke, Creik, Criek and many more.

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Critchfield Early History


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Critchfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Critchfield research. Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Critchfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Critchfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Critchfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Critchfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Critchfields to arrive in North America:

Critchfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G. M. Critchfield, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892

Critchfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sherman Critchfield, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Geneva Critchfield, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Otis D. Critchfield, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Joe Critchfield, aged 23, who emigrated to America, in 1921
  • Joseph Critchfield, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name Critchfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Critchfield (post 1700)



  • Russell "Russ" Critchfield (1946-1966), American former basketball player at the University of California, Berkeley, MVP in 1966, 1967, and 1968
  • Richard Critchfield (1931-1994), American essayist, recipient of the 1981 MacArthur Fellowsship
  • James H. Critchfield (1917-2003), American CIA officer, Chief of the Near East and South Asia division, recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal
  • Charles Critchfield (1910-1994), American mathematical physicist, known for his work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Critchfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Critchfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 June 2015 at 21:08.

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