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

Patfield is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the region of Patty's field. Patfield 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.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Patfield family name include Padfield, Paddfield, Padfild, Padfeld, Padefeld, Patfield, Padford, Paddford, Patford and many more.

First found in county Staffordshire, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patfield research. Another 298 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1321, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Patfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Patfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Patfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • James Patfield, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Patfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Patfield 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 3 February 2011 at 13:18.

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