culture. The name Dichfield comes from when the family lived in Ditchfield, a hamlet in the county of Lacashire. The
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.
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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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.
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