The name Heethfeild is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from 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 Heethfeild 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 Heethfeild family
The surname Heethfeild 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 Heethfeild family
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Heethfeild Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Heethfeild are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Heethfeild include: Heathfield, Heatfield, Heethfield, Heathfeild, Heatfeild and many more.
Early Notables of the Heethfeild family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heethfeild family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Heethfeild or a variant listed above: John Heathfield settled in Barbados in 1685; along with his wife Margaret.