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The German surname Feld emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Feld Early Origins



The surname Feld was first found in East and West Prussia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

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Feld Spelling Variations


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Feld Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Feld include Feld, Felde, Fellde, Felder, Fellder, Felden and others.

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Feld Early History


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Feld Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feld research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1839, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Feld History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Feld Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Feld Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Feld Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Felds to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Feld Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Feld, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Feld, aged 18, landed in Barbados in 1635

Feld Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Albrech Feld, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • George Feld, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Feld Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Feld, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Herm Heinrick Feld, aged 36, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Maria Feld, aged 11, landed in New Orleans, La in 1848
  • Miss Feld, who landed in North America in 1848
  • Anna Katharina Feld, aged 31, arrived in America in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Feld Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Johann Feld, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Feld (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Feld (post 1700)



  • Nicholas Feld, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Zurich, 1939; Madras, 1943
  • Liz Feld, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 37th District, 2008
  • Benjamin L. Feld, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 3rd District, 1962
  • Aaron Spencer Feld (1891-1987), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 23rd District, 1925-26
  • Nicholas Feld (b. 1915), American career diplomat
  • Irvin Feld (1918-1984), American promoter and long time owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
  • Eliot Feld (b. 1942), American dancer and choreographer
  • Bernard Feld (b. 1919), who as a physicist worked on the Manhattan Project during the Second World War
  • Jindøich Feld (1925-2007), Czech composer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    11. ...

    The Feld Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Feld 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 11:08.

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