Feild History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Feild comes from the family having resided in the area that was near a field. This surname is a topographic name and is derived from the Old English word feld, which literally means the pasture or open country. 
In this case, the bearer of the surname Feild lived in an area of land that was cleared of forest.
Interestingly, "Field, or De la Felda embraces both English and Norman families. Richard de la Felda is mentioned in Normandy, temp John." [reign 1199-1216]  This duality of origin is indeed rare.
Early Origins of the Feild family
The surname Feild was first found in many shires and counties throughout Britain. Some of the earliest records show: Thomas atte Felde in the Writs of Parliament of 1301; William de la Felde in Gloucestershire during reign of King Edward I; and John de la Felde in Herefordshire at about the same time. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Linot ate [atte] Feld and William a la Feld in Oxfordshire. 
Robert de Felde was listed as a Templar in Gloucestershire in 1185 and Hugo de la Felde was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Bedfordshire in 1188. John del Feld was listed in Suffolk in 1190 and James atte Felde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. 
Early History of the Feild family
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Feild Spelling Variations
Feild has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Field, Feild, Felde and others.
Early Notables of the Feild family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Roger Felde ( fl. 1407), of Hereford, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Hereford in 1407; Sir James Field of West Harrow; and Edmund Feilde (Field) (1620-1676), an English barrister and politician, son of Thomas Feilde, rector of St Andrew's, Hertford.
John Field or Feild (1520-1587), 'Proto-Copernican' of England, son of Richard Field (d. 1542), was born, as is supposed, at Ardsley, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, between 1520 and 1530. "He lived in London at the date of his first ‘Ephemeris,’ and appears, from a remark in a manuscript in the Lambeth Library...
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Migration of the Feild family to Ireland
Some of the Feild family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Feild migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Feilds to arrive on North American shores:
Feild Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Feild, who arrived in Virginia in 1624 
- Tho Feild, who landed in Virginia in 1634 
- Robert Feild, who arrived in New England in 1635 
- Daniell Feild, who landed in Virginia in 1637 
- Richard Feild, who landed in Virginia in 1638 
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Feild Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Matthew Feild, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 
- Roland Feild, who arrived in America in 1740 
Feild migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Feild Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Feild, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
- Annie Feild, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
- William Feild, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
- Sarah Feild, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Feild (post 1700) +
- Lewis Feild (1956-2016), American former professional rodeo cowboy, inducted in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1992
- Talbot Feild Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1960 
- Edward Feild (1801-1876), English prelate, born at Worcester on 7 June 1801, Bishop of Newfoundland, third son of James Feild
Related Stories +
- ^ Hargrave, Basil, Origins and Meanings of Popular Phrases & Names. London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd, Cobham House, 24 and 26 Black Friars Lane, 1949. Print
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html