Fielder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Fielder is derived from the ancient Saxon word "fidulaere" meaning "fiddle player." However, another reference claims the name was derived from the expression "atte felde" which meant "one who lives in the fields" [1]

Early Origins of the Fielder family

The surname Fielder was first found in Sussex where the first recordings of the name indicate that Geoffrey le Felder held estates in the southern county of Sussex, listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [1]

Early History of the Fielder family

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Fielder Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fielder family name include Fielder, Fielders, Fieldars, Fieldar and others.

Early Notables of the Fielder family (pre 1700)

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United States Fielder migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fielder surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Fielder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Fielder purchased land in Annapolis, Maryland in 1726
  • Sarah Fielder, who arrived in America in 1726
  • Stephen Fielder, who settled in the colonies in 1754
  • Thomas Fielder, who settled in the colonies in 1764
Fielder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Fielder, who landed in America in 1801 [2]
  • Carl Fielder, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Charles Fielder, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [2]

Canada Fielder migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fielder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Fielder, who arrived in Canada in 1832

Australia Fielder migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fielder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Fielder, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Ann Fielder, aged 16, a domestic servant, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [4]
  • John Edward Fielder a farmer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [5]
  • James Fielder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [6]
  • Mary Fielder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [6]

New Zealand Fielder 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:

Fielder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Fielder, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Child Fielder, (b. 1856), aged 10 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [7]
  • Mr. Henry Fielder, (b. 1826), aged 31, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [7]
  • Mrs. Emma Fielder, (b. 1834), aged 23, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [7]
  • Miss Sarah Ann Fielder, (b. 1847), aged 10, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fielder (post 1700) +

  • George Bragg Fielder (1842-1906), American Civil War veteran and politician, father of Governor James Fairman Fielder
  • Guyle Abner Fielder (b. 1930), retired American-born Canadian professional NHL ice hockey centre
  • John Fielder (b. 1950), American landscape photographer and nature writer, three-time winner of the Colorado Book Award
  • James Fairman Fielder (1867-1954), American politician, 35th Governor of New Jersey (1914-1917)
  • Alvin Fielder (b. 1935), American jazz drummer
  • Prince Semien Fielder (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball player for the Texas Rangers
  • Brigadier-General Kendall Jordan Fielder (1893-1981), American Commanding Officer of Military Intelligence & Counterintelligence Hawaii & Pacific Ocean Areas (1941-1945) [8]
  • Jim Fielder (b. 1947), American rock bass player for the Blood Sweat and Tears from Denton, Texas
  • Cecil Grant Fielder (b. 1963), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1985 to 1998
  • Dale Fielder (b. 1956), American jazz musician from East Liverpool, Ohio
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Jack H Fielder (b. 1919), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Goole, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Kendall Fielder. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fielder/Kendall_Jordan/USA.html
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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