The history of the Fareefield family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the counties of Lancashire
Early Origins of the Fareefield family
The surname Fareefield 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.
Early History of the Fareefield family
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Fareefield Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Fairfield, Farefield, Farfield and others.
Early Notables of the Fareefield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fareefield family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Fareefield or a variant listed above were: Daniel Fairfield who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1620; John Fairfield settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822.