name Feilde 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 Feilde 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] CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
This duality of origin is indeed rare.
Early Origins of the Feilde family
The surname Feilde 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
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Robert de Felde was listed as a Templar in Gloucestershire
in 1185 and Hugo de la Felde was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1188. John del Feld was listed in Suffolk
in 1190 and James atte
Felde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Feilde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feilde research.Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1407, 1407, 1620, 1676, 1554, 1606, 1582, 1599 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Feilde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Feilde Spelling Variations
Feilde 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 Feilde family (pre 1700)
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Feilde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Feilde family to Ireland
Some of the Feilde family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 182 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Feilde family to the New World and Oceana
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 Feildes to arrive on North American shores: Zacharia Field from Hadleigh in Suffolk
settled in Hartford Connecticut in 1639; Robert Field of Yorkshire
settled in Flushing, Long Island in 1645; Daniel Field settled in Virginia in 1637.
Contemporary Notables of the name Feilde (post 1700)
- Paul Feilde (1711-1783), British lawyer and politician, fourth son of Edmund Feilde of Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire, Member of Parliament for Hertford (1770–1780)