The name Ditchfield is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of 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 Ditchfield denotes someone who lived by the field and the ditch.
The surname Ditchfield 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ditchfield research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1733, 1735 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Ditchfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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. Ditchfield has been spelled many different ways, including Dichfield, Dickfield, Ditchfield and others.
Early Notables of the Ditchfield family (pre 1700)
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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 Ditchfields to arrive in North America:
Ditchfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Joe Ditchfield, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
Jo Ditchfield, aged 22, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 
Thomas Ditchfield, who landed in Maryland in 1673 
Ditchfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
James Ditchfield, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Vennonia" from London, England
Horace Leonard Ditchfield, aged 24, originally from Ilford, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England
Mary Jane Ditchfield, aged 55, originally from Smethwick, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England
Florence Ditchfield, aged 17, originally from Smethwick, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England
Peter Ditchfield, aged 66, originally from New Bedford, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Albania" from Liverpool, England
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)