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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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The surname Oldfield 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." [1]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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Oldfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • William 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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  • William Allan Oldfield (1874-1928), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1909-28; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1928
  • William Oldfield, American politician, Mayor of Portsmouth, Ohio, 1852-53
  • Thomas W. Oldfield, American politician, U.S. Consul in Lyon, 1836-39
  • Richard Oldfield, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 14th District, 1854-55
  • Reuben B. Oldfield, American Republican politician, Pharmacist; Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 1st District, 1915-16
  • Pearl Peden Oldfield (1876-1962), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1929-31
  • Harry Oldfield, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wallingford, 1910
  • Edmund L. Oldfield, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Harford County, 1906
  • 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
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Oldfield Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John B Oldfield, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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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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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. 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.

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