The surname Lichfeld was first found in Staffordshire at Lichfield, a city and county of itself, and the head of a union. "This place, called by Bede Licidfeld, and by Ingulphus and Henry of Huntingdon Lichfeld, both implying "the field of the dead," is supposed to have derived its name from the martyrdom of more than 1000 Christians, who are said to have been massacred here in the reign of the Emperor Diocletian." 
Early History of the Lichfeld family
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Migration of the Lichfeld family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Lichfield, who settled in Virginia in 1627; Lawrence Lichfield, who settled in Plymouth Mass in 1639 and joined the "Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company of Boston".