Fielden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Fielden family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Fielden comes from when the family lived in the fields having derived from the Old English word feld, which meant field.

Early Origins of the Fielden family

The surname Fielden was first found in Lancashire at Witton, a township, in the parish, union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Blackburn. "Witton House, an elegant stone edifice, is the seat of Joseph Feilden, Esq.; it is picturesquely situated, and surrounded by a finely-wooded park of 500 acres." [1]

Early History of the Fielden family

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Fielden Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Fielden has appeared include Fielden, Feilden, Fieldon, Feildon, Feelden, Feeldon, Pheldon, Phelden and many more.

Early Notables of the Fielden family (pre 1700)

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Fielden Ranking

In the United States, the name Fielden is the 16,545th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


United States Fielden migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fielden arrived in North America very early:

Fielden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Fielden, who settled in New York in 1764
Fielden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Fielden, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1860

New Zealand Fielden 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:

Fielden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Louisa L. Fielden, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Fielden (post 1700) +

  • Jamie Fielden (b. 1978), English professional rugby league player
  • Stuart Fielden (b. 1979), English rugby league player
  • Thomas Fielden (1854-1897), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Middleton (1886-1892) and (1895-1897)
  • Thomas Perceval Fielden (1883-1974), British pianist and music teacher, Professor of Pianoforte at the Royal College of Music for over 30 years
  • Louisa Jennifer Fielden (b. 1983), British film director, screenwriter and music video director
  • Joshua Fielden (1827-1887), British cotton manufacturer and Conservative politician
  • John Fielden (1784-1849), nicknamed Honest John Fielden, a British social reformer, benefactor, land and factory owner in Todmorden
  • Edward Brocklehurst Fielden (1857-1942), British businessman and Conservative Party politician
  • Charlotte Fielden (b. 1932), Canadian novelist, playwright, actress and poet from Toronto
  • Geoffrey Fielden, British Director General, British Standards Association
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraterville mine
  • Mr. William Fielden (d. 1902), American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [3]


The Fielden Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtutis praemuim honor
Motto Translation: Praise is the prize of honor.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ News paper article Fraterville Mine Disaster retrieved on 6th August 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm).


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