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Where did the English Oldfield family come from? What is the English Oldfield family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oldfield family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oldfield family history?

The ancestors of the Oldfield family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Oldfield were recorded, including Oldfield, Oldefield, Oldfeild and others.

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." [1] Today, the hamlet of Oldfield is part of Gayton, a village in Wirral, Merseyside.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldfield 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 Oldfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 175 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oldfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Oldfield arrived in North America very early:

Oldfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George Oldfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • John Oldfield arrived in Maryland in 1684

Oldfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Eleanor Oldfield settled in Maryland in 1730

Oldfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John J C Oldfield, aged 24, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Ellen Oldfield, aged 40, landed in New York in 1862
  • Wm Oldfield, aged 51, landed in New York in 1868
  • Rhodes Oldfield settled in Philadelphia in 1871
  • Christopher Bevan Oldfield, who arrived in Iowa in 1886

Oldfield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Oldfield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834

Oldfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Josiah Oldfield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • Henry Oldfield, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • Joseph Oldfield, aged 28, a stonemason, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Anthony Oldfield, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"

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  • Major-General Homer Ray Oldfield (1887-1974), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Camp Haan, California (1943)
  • William Allan Oldfield (1874-1928), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas
  • Berna Eli "Barney" Oldfield (1878-1946), American motor-racing driver
  • Terence Oldfield (b. 1949), English composer
  • Norman "Buddy" Oldfield (1911-1996), English cricketer and umpire from Cheshire
  • Mr. John B Oldfield, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Bruce Oldfield OBE (b. 1950), British fashion designer, best known for his couture occasionwear for Hollywood actresses
  • Sally Patricia Oldfield (b. 1947), British singer-songwriter
  • David Charles Oldfield (b. 1968), Australian former professional footballer from Perth
  • Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield (b. 1953), British new age composer best known for his work "Tubular Bells" which was performed for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games

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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.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Oldfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oldfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 29 June 2015 at 10:34.

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