The ancestors of the bearers of the Ields family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found near a slope or hillside. The surname Ields is derived from the Old English words helde, hilde, hielde
, and hylde
, which all mean hill.
This name 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.
Early Origins of the Ields family
The surname Ields was first found in Kent
where Adam de Helde was listed there in the Pipe Rolls
of 1207. A few years later, Richard del Helde was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire
in 1246. Eustace ater Hylde and Matthew atte
Hulde were listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Ields family
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Ields Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ields include Heald, Healde and others.
Early Notables of the Ields family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ields family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ields or a variant listed above: John Heald settled in New England
in 1630; Nicholas Heald settled in Virginia in 1652; James, and Peter Heald arrived in Philadelphia between 1844 and 1872..
The Ields Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Mea gloria crux
Motto Translation: The cross is my glory.