Show ContentsHorsefield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Horsefield name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Horsefield was originally derived from a family having lived near a stable or horse pasture. The surname is derived from the Old English words hors, which means horse, and falod, which means enclosure or field. Horsefield may have also been given as an occupational surname to someone who worked at such a place.

Early Origins of the Horsefield family

The surname Horsefield was first found in Yorkshire 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.

Early History of the Horsefield family

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Horsefield Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Horsefield include Horsfield, Horsefield, Horsford, Horseford and many more.

Early Notables of the Horsefield family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Horsefield family to Ireland

Some of the Horsefield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Horsefield migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Horsefield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph and Luke Horsefield, who settled in Maryland in 1774

Australia Horsefield migration to Australia +

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

Horsefield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Horsefield, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he was executed in 1827 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Horsefield (post 1700) +

  • Commander Mike Horsefield, American executive officer for Naval Training Squadron (VT) 9, based out of Meridian, Mississippi
  • John Horsefield, Historian
  • Craigie Horsefield (b. 1949), British artist

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook