The name Northfield is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the north,
or were people who lived to the north of a main settlement.
Northfield is a local
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic
surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Northfield family
The surname Northfield was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Northfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northfield research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1535, 1601, 1609, 1671, 1656, 1671, 1652, 1743, 1581, 1666, 1640, 1642, 1602, 1677, 1637, 1685, 1641, 1691, 1678, 1734, 1671, 1709 and are included under the topic Early Northfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Northfield Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Northfield has been spelled many different ways, including North, Northe, Northey and others.
Early Notables of the Northfield family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas North (1535-1601), English translator, whose works were used as sources by Shakespeare; Sir Henry North, 1st Baronet
(ca.1609-1671), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1656 and 1671; Sir Edward Northey (1652-1743), a senior British barrister and politician; Dudley... Another 106 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Northfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Northfield family to Ireland
Some of the Northfield family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Northfield family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Northfields to arrive in North America:
Northfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Fanny E. Northfield, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1903
Contemporary Notables of the name Northfield (post 1700)
- Mark Northfield, English musician based in London
- Gary Northfield, British comic artist and writer, best known for his comic character, Derek the Sheep
The Northfield 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: Animo et fide
Motto Translation: By courage and faith.