Layfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Layfield family

The surname Layfield was first found in Nottingham where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Layfield family

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Layfield 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 Layfield include Layfield, Leyfield, Leighfield, Leefield, Leafield, Layfield, Lafield and many more.

Early Notables of the Layfield family (pre 1700)

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Layfield Ranking

In the United States, the name Layfield is the 8,123rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Layfield 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:

Layfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Layfield, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Ann Layfield, aged 30, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]

New Zealand Layfield 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:

Layfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Augustus Layfield, (b. 1826), aged 34, English carver guilder from Yorkshire travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Layfield (post 1700) +

  • Jonelle Layfield (b. 1984), American beauty queen who has competed in the Miss USA pageant
  • John Charles Layfield (b. 1966), American professional wrestler
  • Kirstine Layfield, Canadian television executive
  • Malcolm Layfield, British violinist


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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