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

The Anglo-Saxon name Redfield comes from when the family resided in the region of Redfern in Lancashire.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Redfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Redferne, Redfern, Reedfern, Readfern, Reddfern, Redfearn, Redfinn, Redfyne and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Redfern near Rochdale, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Redfield research. Another 276 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1610, and 1616 are included under the topic Early Redfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Redfield or a variant listed above:

Redfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Redfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Alfred Clarence Redfield (1890-1983), American oceanographer
  • Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965), American Impressionist landscape painter
  • James Redfield (b. 1950), American author, lecturer, screenwriter and film producer
  • John Howard Redfield (1879-1944), American mathematician
  • Robert Redfield (1897-1958), American anthropologist
  • Robert R. Redfield, American virologist and medical researcher
  • William Charles Redfield (1789-1857), American meteorologist, first President of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


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The Redfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Redfield 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 19 December 2014 at 11:02.

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