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.
Early Origins of the Critchfield family
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.
Early History of the Critchfield family
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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.
Early Notables of the Critchfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Critchfield family to the New World and Oceana
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
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