The origins of the Dytchfield name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It 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
which literally means a field that had been cleared of trees. Therefore the surname Dytchfield denotes someone who lived by the field and the ditch.
Early Origins of the Dytchfield family
The surname Dytchfield 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.
Early History of the Dytchfield family
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Dytchfield Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dytchfield were recorded, including Dichfield, Dickfield, Ditchfield and others.
Early Notables of the Dytchfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dytchfield family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dytchfield family emigrate to North America: Robert Dichfield settled in Virginia in 1620; Joe Ditchfield settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Mathew Dichfield settled in Pennsylvania in 1873.