Harfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harfield family

The surname Harfield was first found in Herefordshire, where they were a family of great antiquity seated at Bosbury with manor and estates in that shire. At Bosbury the church carries some very ancient monuments to the family. Families of this name also acquired Blaise Castle in Gloucestershire, Sirhowy House in Monmouthshire, and Falcondale and Lampeter in the county of Cardigan. By the 16th century they had acquired estates in London.

Early History of the Harfield family

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Harfield Spelling Variations

During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Harfield include Harford, Hafford, Hereford, Hareford and others.

Early Notables of the Harfield family (pre 1700)

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Australia Harfield migration to Australia +

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

Harfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Harfield, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • George Harfield, aged 34, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" [2]
  • Martha Harfield, aged 14, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" [2]
  • James Harfield, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [3]

New Zealand Harfield 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:

Harfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Harfield, aged 15, a butcher, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. Daniel Harfield, (b. 1825), aged 15, British butcher and farm labourer travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [4]
  • Lavinia Harfield, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 2nd August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Calabar 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml
  4. ^ 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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