The name Heafield is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived on a heath, which is an area of level, uncultivated land with poor, coarse, undrained soil and rich deposits of peat or peaty humus. The surname Heafield belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. The name was originally derived from the Old English words hæth,
which meant heath,
and the word feld,
which meant field.
Early Origins of the Heafield family
The surname Heafield was first found in Sussex
at Heathfield, a parish, in the union of Hailsham, hundred
of Hawkesborough, rape of Hastings. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Feet of Fines of 1265 in Norfolk
list the first record of the name as Walter de Hethfeld. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: Lynot de Hethefeld and Livesa de Hethfeld in Oxfordshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Heathfield is the scene of a severe battle in the year 635, between Cadwallo, and Edwin of Northumbria and his son Osfrid, on a spot since now named Slaughter Common.
Early History of the Heafield family
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Heafield Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Heafield has been spelled many different ways, including Heathfield, Heatfield, Heethfield, Heathfeild, Heatfeild and many more.
Early Notables of the Heafield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heafield family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Heafields to arrive in North America:
Heafield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Heafield, who arrived in New York in 1816 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)