When the ancestors of the Orfield family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. 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 Orfield family
The surname Orfield 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 Orfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orfield 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 Orfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Orfield Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Orfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Oldfield, Oldefield, Oldfeild and others.
Early Notables of the Orfield 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 Orfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Orfield family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Orfields were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Orfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Rebecca Orfield, aged 47, who emigrated to Madisonville, Wisconsin, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Orfield (post 1700)
- Gary Orfield (b. 1941), American professor of education, law, political science and urban planning at the UCLA
The Orfield 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.