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The ancestry of the name Field dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived 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 Field 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] [1]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.

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The surname Field 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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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 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. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Field have been found, including Field, Feild, Felde and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Field research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1620 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Field History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Field Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Field family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Field, or a variant listed above:

Field Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Field settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Thomas Field, who landed in Jamestown Va in 1607
  • Zechariah Field, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1629
  • Henry Field settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Henry Field, aged 24, landed in Barbados in 1635
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Field Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Field, who landed in New England in 1714
  • Ella Field, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Malaky Field, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764
  • Oliver Field, who arrived in New York in 1798

Field Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Field, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Samuel Field, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Peter Field, who landed in America in 1809
  • Isaac D Field, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Sally Field, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813
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Field Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edmund Field, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Field, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr.HenryField U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 265 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Rebecca Field U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Rebecca Field U.E., (née Haines) who settled in Gainsborough [Regional Municipality of Niagara], Ontario c. 1784 she was previously married to Jeremiah Johnson, she had 9 children over the two marriages, she died in 1797 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Field Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Field, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • James Field, aged 3, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Stephen Field, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

Field Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Field, a cooper, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Field, English convict from Hertford, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William George Field arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836
  • Henry Field arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Henry Field arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
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Field Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Claylands Field landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Field, aged 23, a smith, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Field, aged 38, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Susannah Field, aged 17, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Field arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
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  • Mervin Field (1921-2015), American pollster in California
  • William Todd Field (b. 1964), American actor and writer/director with three Academy Award nominations
  • Sally Margaret Field (b. 1946), American actress, singer, producer, director, and screenwriter, two-time Academy Award winner
  • Cyrus West Field (1819-1892), American businessman and financier who led the Atlantic Telegraph Company and laid the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858
  • Stephen Johnson Field (1816-1899), associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1863 to 1897
  • Marshall Field (1834-1906), American merchant
  • Eugene Field (1850-1895), American writer
  • Jessie Field (1881-1971), American teacher
  • Anthony Vandyke Copley Field (1787-1855), English watercolour painter
  • Brigadier John Field (1899-1974), Australian Commanding Officer 7th Australian Infantry Brigade, New Guinea from 1944 to 1945
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Field Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Edgar C Field (b. 1923), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Shirley, Southampton, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Donald Field, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Field, Irish Trimmer from Belfast, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • Notes on Fields (also Field) and Congeneric Families of Ohio and Indiana, 1800-1982 by Elsie Fields Dawson.
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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Field Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Field 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.

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