Oldfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Oldfield family

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

Early History of the Oldfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldfield research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1581, 1585, 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.

Oldfield Spelling Variations

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.

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


United States Oldfield migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • John Oldfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1684
Oldfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eleanor Oldfield, who settled in Maryland in 1730
Oldfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John J C Oldfield, aged 24, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [2]
  • Ellen Oldfield, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1862 [2]
  • William Oldfield, aged 51, who landed in New York in 1868 [2]
  • Rhodes Oldfield, who settled in Philadelphia in 1871
  • Christopher Bevan Oldfield, who arrived in Iowa in 1886 [2]

Canada Oldfield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oldfield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Oldfield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834

Australia Oldfield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Oldfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Josiah Oldfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [3]
  • Henry Oldfield, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [4]
  • Joseph Oldfield, aged 28, a stonemason, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [5]
  • Anthony Oldfield, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [6]

New Zealand Oldfield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Oldfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W. Oldfield, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Donna Anita" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th June 1863 [7]
  • Mr. A. Oldfield, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th April 1863 [7]
  • Mr. G. Oldfield, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th April 1863 [7]
  • Mr. T. Oldfield, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th April 1863 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Oldfield (post 1700) +

  • Fred Vernon Oldfield (1918-2017), American cowboy and western artist
  • Major-General Homer Ray Oldfield (1887-1974), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Camp Haan, California (1943) [8]
  • William Allan Oldfield (1874-1928), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas
  • Berna Eli "Barney" Oldfield (1878-1946), American motor-racing driver
  • 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 [9]
  • William Oldfield, American politician, Mayor of Portsmouth, Ohio, 1852-53 [9]
  • Thomas W. Oldfield, American politician, U.S. Consul in Lyon, 1836-39 [9]
  • Richard Oldfield, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 14th District, 1854-55 [9]
  • Reuben B. Oldfield, American Republican politician, Pharmacist; Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 1st District, 1915-16 [9]
  • Pearl Peden Oldfield (1876-1962), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1929-31 [9]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John B Oldfield, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]


The Oldfield 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.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Homer Oldfield. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Oldfield/Homer_Ray/USA.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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