England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fayrefield family lived in the counties of Lancashire, Derbyshire and Somerset.
Early Origins of the Fayrefield 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 Fayrefield family
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Fayrefield Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Fairfield, Farefield, Farfield and others.
Early Notables of the Fayrefield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fayrefield family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fayrefield 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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