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Early Origins of the Files family

The surname Files was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Files family

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Files Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Files has been recorded under many different variations, including Fild, Fylde, Files, Fildes, Fyld and others.

Early Notables of the Files family

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Files Ranking

In the United States, the name Files is the 10,360th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Files migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Files or a variant listed above:

Files Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Files, who landed in New England in 1728 [2]

Canada Files migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Files Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Cpl. John Files U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Williamsburg, [South Dundas], Ontario, Upper Canada c. 1786 he served in Royal Regiment of New York [3]

Australia Files migration to Australia +

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

Files Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Files, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [4]
  • Mr. Richard Files, (b. 1823), aged 20, English shoe maker who was convicted in Bath, Somerset, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Files (post 1700) +

  • Lolita Files, contemporary American author of several novels
  • Charles Edward Files (1883-1954), American baseball pitcher
  • James Dale "Jim" Files (b. 1948), former American football linebacker
  • Robert Michael Files (b. 1977), former American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Gary Files, Australian-Canadian actor, writer and director

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. 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
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook