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
which means a creek.
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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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.
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