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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

The ancestors of the Fields surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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 Fields 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] This duality of origin is indeed rare.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fields include Field, Feild, Felde and others.

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] 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]


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


Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fields Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Fields 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.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Fields Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuell Fields, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Mary Fields, who landed in Virginia in 1750

Fields Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick W Fields, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • Thomas Fields, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • S Fields, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Fields, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • B Fields, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Fields Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Rebecca Fields U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. George Fields U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1786

Fields Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Fields, who arrived in Canada in 1833
  • John Fields, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833

Fields Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Fields arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851


  • Landry Fields (b. 1988), American professional NBA basketball player for the Toronto Raptors
  • Brandon David Fields (b. 1984), American NFL football punter for the Miami Dolphins
  • Jackie Fields (1908-1987), born Jacob Finkelstein, an American gold medalist boxer at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • William Jason Fields (1874-1954), American politician, 41st Governor of Kentucky (1923-1927)
  • Herbert Fields (1897-1958), American librettist and screenwriter
  • Lew Fields (1867-1941), born as Moses Schoenfeld, an American actor, comedian, vaudeville star, theatre manager and producer, half of the comic duo Weber and Fields
  • Dorothy Fields (1905-1974), American librettist and lyricist
  • First Lieutenant James H Fields (1920-1970), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • W C Fields (1880-1946), born William Claude Dukenfield, American comedian, juggler and actor notorious for his (false) on-screen snarling contempt for dogs, children, and women
  • Totie Fields (b. 1978), American comedian



  • The Fields Family: With Notes on Whitehall and Dodd by Ruth Fields Lewis.
  • Notes on Fields and Congeneric Families of Ohio and Indiana, 1800-1982 by Elsie Fields Dawson.

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  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)

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Fields Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Fields 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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