Dichfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Dichfield family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Dichfield comes from when the family lived in Ditchfield, a hamlet in the county of Lacashire. The local name is derived from the Old English word dic which means ditch and feld, which literally means a field that had been cleared of trees. Therefore the surname Dichfield denotes someone who lived by the field and the ditch.
Early Origins of the Dichfield family
The surname Dichfield was first found in Lancashire 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.
Important Dates for the Dichfield family
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Dichfield Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dichfield has appeared include Dichfield, Dickfield, Ditchfield and others.
Early Notables of the Dichfield family (pre 1700)
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Dichfield migration to the United States
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dichfield arrived in North America very early:
Dichfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Dichfield, who settled in Virginia in 1620
Dichfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mathew Dichfield, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1873