Fielding History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fielding family

The surname Fielding was first found in Cheshire, where the name is derived from the Old English word, "felding" meaning "a dweller in an open place." "The princely extraction of this noble family from the counts of Hapsburg in Germany is well known; its ancestor, Galfridus, or Geffrey, came into England in the twelfth year of the reign of Henry III., and received large possessions from that monarch." [1] A document dated 9 Edward II., states: " Filius Galfridi filii Galfridi, comitis de Hapsburg et domini in Laufenburg et RinFILDING in Germania." [2] In other words, the name is derived from RinFelden or RinFilding in Germany where they held patrimonial possessions of the house of Hapsburg. John Fildying held Newham in Warwickshire in the twelfth of Henry VI., inherited by his mother Joan, daughter and heir of William Prudhome. In Cheshire, Ralph Fielding settled on the banks of the River Dee in 1279. In Warwickshire, some of the family were found in the parish of Willey. "This place was anciently called Wilega. In the reign of Elizabeth the manor was possessed by the families of Winter and Leigh, and was afterwards sold among various persons; it subsequently became the property of the noble family of Fielding." [3] And in the hamlet of Barnacle, Warwickshire another branch of the family was established. "In the time of Elizabeth the manor [of Barnacle] was granted to Michael Fielding, from whom it descended to Basil Fielding, Earl of Denbigh." [3]

Important Dates for the Fielding family

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Fielding Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fielding, Fielden, Fieldine and others.

Early Notables of the Fielding family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Feilding, 1st Earl of Denbigh (c.1587-1643), an English naval officer and courtier; Basil Feilding, 2nd Earl of Denbigh (c.1608-1675); William Feilding, 3rd Earl of Denbigh, 2nd Earl of Desmond (1640-1685), Custos Rotulorum of Leicestershire (1680-1681); Basil Feilding, 4th Earl of Denbigh, 3rd Earl of Desmond (1668-1717), a British peer, Teller of the Exchequer (1712-1715)...
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Migration of the Fielding family to Ireland

Some of the Fielding family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fielding migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fielding Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ambrose Fielding from Northumberland settled in Virginia in 1667
  • Ambrose Fielding, who arrived in Virginia in 1675 [4]
Fielding Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Roseamond Fielding, who landed in Virginia in 1725 [4]
  • Robert Fielding, who arrived in America in 1760 [4]
  • Robert Fielding, who settled in Jamaica in 1762
Fielding Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Fielding, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [4]
  • Michael Fielding, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [4]
  • Richard Fielding, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 [4]
  • J Fielding, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Mary A Fielding, aged 11, who arrived in New York in 1864 [4]
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Fielding migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fielding Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Henry Fielding, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Arnistead Fielding and his wife purchased land in Nova Scotia in 1774 and settled there with their six children
  • Amistead Fielding, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Armstead Fielding, aged 42, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Easter Fielding, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
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Fielding migration to Australia

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

Fielding Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Fielding, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Thomas Fielding, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • James Fielding, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [7]
  • John Fielding, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [7]
  • Alfred Edward Fielding, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
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Fielding 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:

Fielding Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Fielding a butcher, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • Mrs. Mary Fielding, (b. 1843), aged 20, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [8]
  • John Fielding, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Mary Fielding, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Alfred Fielding a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fielding (post 1700)

  • Jerry Fielding (1922-1980), born Joshua Itzhak Feldman, an American three-time Academy Award nominated radio, record, film and television composer
  • Herbert Ulysses Gaillard Fielding (1923-2015), American politician who became the first African-American elected as a Democrat to the South Carolina General Assembly
  • Roy Fielding (b. 1965), one of the principal authors of the HTTP specification
  • Mary Fielding Smith Kimball (1801-1852), English early member of the Latter Day Saint movement, the second wife of Hyrum Smith
  • Joseph Fielding (1797-1863), English early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement, brother of Mary Fielding
  • Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding (1787-1855), English painter, famous for his watercolour landscapes
  • Fenella Fielding (b. 1927), born Fenella M. Feldman, English actress, popular in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Henry Barron Fielding (1805-1851), English botanist
  • Arthur Ross Fielding (1880-1947), English footballer who played 120 matches from 1901 through 1909
  • Francis David "Frank" Fielding (b. 1988), English footballer from Blackburn Lancashire
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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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