England with the ancestors of the Fairefield family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fairefield family lived in the counties of Lancashire, Derbyshire and Somerset.
Early Origins of the Fairefield family
Cumberland where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fairefield family
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Fairefield Spelling Variations
spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Fairfield, Farefield, Farfield and others.
Early Notables of the Fairefield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairefield family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fairefield or a variant listed above: Daniel Fairfield who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1620; John Fairfield settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822.
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