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The name Fairfield reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fairfield family lived in the counties of Lancashire, Derbyshire and Somerset.

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The surname Fairfield was first found in 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.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fairfield family name include Fairfield, Farefield, Farfield and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairfield research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fairfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fairfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Fairfield family to immigrate North America:

Fairfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniel Fairfield settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Daniel Fairfield, who arrived in America in 1620
  • John Fairfield, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1639
  • James Fairfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

Fairfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Fairfield settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822
  • Arthur Fairfield, aged 46, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • H Fairfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • B L Fairfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Fairfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


Fairfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Benjamin Fairfield U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Eleazer Fairfield U.E. who settled in Yonge [Toronto], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. William Fairfield U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. William Fairfield Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1786
  • Mr. Archibald Fairfield U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1786

Fairfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William F. Fairfield, aged 22, a ploughman, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

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  • L D Fairfield, RAF Officer and qualified as both Doctor and Lawyer
  • Sir Ronald Fairfield, Electrical Engineer


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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Fairfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fairfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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