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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.

Patfield Early Origins



The surname Patfield was first found in county Staffordshire, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Patfield Spelling Variations


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Patfield Spelling Variations



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.

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Patfield Early History


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Patfield Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Patfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Patfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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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