The name Ofield was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ofield family lived in Oldfield, Cheshire
. This is a topographical name whose derivation is just as it looks. The original bearer of the name Oldfield
would have been distinguished by residence near to an old field.
Individual cases of the name may also spring from residence in a place which bears the name Oldfield
for the same reasons as above.
Early Origins of the Ofield family
The surname Ofield was first found in Cheshire
where "Guy de Provence, who came to this country [England] in the suite of Eleanor, on her marriage to King Henry III in 1236, married Alice, sister of Sir Patrick de Hartwell, and with her obtained the manor and lands of Oldfield, co. Chester. Their grandson, Richard, was the first who assumed the name De Oldfield." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Today, the hamlet of Oldfield is part of Gayton, a village in Wirral, Merseyside.
Early History of the Ofield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ofield research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1552, 1585, 1929, 1595, 1644, 1624, 1644, 1623, 1664, 1645, 1683 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Ofield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ofield Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ofield have been found, including Oldfield, Oldefield, Oldfeild and others.
Early Notables of the Ofield family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert de Oldefelde of Oldfield; The Blessed Thomas Aufield (sometimes spelt Alfield) (1552-1585), an English Roman Catholic martyr, born in Gloucestershire
, imprisoned and tortured in the Tower of London, beatified in 1929; Sir Samuel Owfield (1595-1644), an English politician... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ofield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ofield family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ofield were among those contributors:
Ofield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Ofield, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Ofield 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: In cruce vincam
Motto Translation: I shall conquer in the cross.