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Garfield is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the area that was referred to as the gar-field. The surname Garfield was taken literally from the Old English words garr and feld which literally mean the grassy land or pasture.

Garfield Early Origins



The surname Garfield was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Garfield Spelling Variations


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Garfield 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 Garfield family name include Garfield, Garfeild and others.

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Garfield Early History


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Garfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garfield research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Garfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Garfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Garfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Garfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Garfield surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Garfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Garfield who arrived in New England in 1630
  • Edward Garfield, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Benjamin Garfield, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1689
  • Benjamin Garfield, who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1689

Garfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Garfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • F Garfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Garfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • S. W. Garfield, who arrived in Acapulco Mexico in 1852
  • John Garfield, who came to San Francisco in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Garfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Garfield (post 1700)



  • Walter Hamilton Garfield (1840-1885), American politician, U.S. Consul in Martinique, 1878-85
  • Theodore Greenlief Garfield (1894-1989), American Republican politician, District Judge in Iowa 11th District, 1927-40; Justice of Iowa State Supreme Court, 1941-69; Chief Justice of Iowa State Supreme Court, 1961-69
  • Samuel M. Garfield, American politician, Supervisor of Paris Township, Michigan, 1863-66, 1870-73
  • James Rudolph Garfield (1865-1950), American politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932
  • James Abram Garfield (1831-1881), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1859-61; U.S. Representative from Ohio 19th District, 1863-81; President of the United States, 1881
  • Harry A. Garfield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1904
  • George Hamilton Garfield (1858-1931), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1892-93, 1900-04; Member of Massachusetts State Senate Second Plymouth District, 1905-08
  • Frederick Garfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 43rd District, 1922
  • Harry Augustus Garfield (1863-1942), son of James A. Garfield, American educator, professor at Princeton from 1903-1908
  • Eugene "Gene" Garfield (b. 1925), American scientist
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    11. ...

    The Garfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garfield 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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