name Dikfield comes from the family having resided in Ditchfield, a hamlet in the county of Lacashire. The
which literally means a field that had been cleared of trees. Therefore the surname Dikfield 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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Dikfield has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Dichfield, Dickfield, Ditchfield and others.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Dikfields to arrive on North American shores: Robert Dichfield settled in Virginia in 1620; Joe Ditchfield settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Mathew Dichfield settled in Pennsylvania in 1873.