The ancestry of the name Padfield dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Patty's field.
Padfield is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Padfield family
The surname Padfield was first found in county Staffordshire
, where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Padfield family
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Padfield Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Padfield have been found, including Padfield, Paddfield, Padfild, Padfeld, Padefeld, Patfield, Padford, Paddford, Patford and many more.
Early Notables of the Padfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Padfield family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Padfield, or a variant listed above: Albert Padfield, aged 3, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Blaenavon in 1906; Alice May Padfield, aged 37, who arrived at Toronto, Canada in 1922; Enoch Padfield, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Liverpool in 1905.
Contemporary Notables of the name Padfield (post 1700)
- G R Padfield, mayor of Durham, Ontario in 1947
- Nicholas Padfield, British lawyer and is currently deputy High Court judge