Show ContentsSatterfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Satterfield name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the ancient chapelry of Satterthwaite found near Hawkeshead in Lancashire. This surname was originally derived from the Old English elements soetr meaning shield and pveit meaning pasture. [1]

Early Origins of the Satterfield family

The surname Satterfield was first found in Cumbria at Satterthwaite, a chapelry, in the parish of Hawkshead, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale in Lancashire. [2] The village dates back to at least 1336 when it was listed as Sterthwayt. [1]

"Small and secluded as is the spot, it has originated a surname that has spread far and wide. It seems to have reached London about the 16th century." [3]

The Lancashire Wills at Richmond included the the following entries: Robert Saterthwaite, of Coutehouse in Hawkshead, 1596; William Satewhait, of Saterthwaite, 1604; and George Satenwhat, of Hauxhead, 1613. [3]

Early History of the Satterfield family

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Satterfield Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Satterfield were recorded, including Satterthwaite, Satherthwaite, Satterthwater and many more.

Early Notables of the Satterfield family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Satterthwaite (1720-1790) a prominent Quaker in Lancaster, Lancashire who was involved in the slave trade. He was the son of Thomas Satterthwaite (1685-1728) and Mary Ledger. His brother, Benjamin Satterthwaite became a factor or agent for a group of Lancaster slave traders, first in Barbados and then in...
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Satterfield Ranking

In the United States, the name Satterfield is the 2,505th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [4]

United States Satterfield migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Satterfield family emigrate to North America:

Satterfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane Satterfield, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1894
  • J.V. Satterfield, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • I. F. Satterfield, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1896
Satterfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • F. M. Satterfield, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • John Satterfield, aged 50, who immigrated to America, in 1911
  • John F. Satterfield, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Charles Satterfield, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Benton Satterfield, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Satterfield (post 1700) +

  • Doris L. Satterfield (1926-1993), left and center fielder who played from 1947 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • James "Jimmy" Satterfield, head football coach for the Furman University
  • David Edward Satterfield (1920-1988), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1965-1981)
  • Bob "Bombardier" Satterfield (1923-1977), American heavyweight boxer
  • Kenneth "Kenny" Satterfield (b. 1981), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Paul Parsons Satterfield Jr. (b. 1960), American actor, known for his roles in Bruce Almighty (2003) and General Hospital (1963)
  • Dave Edward Satterfield Jr. (1894-1946), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1937-1945)
  • David M. Satterfield (b. 1954), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Lebanon (1998 –2001)

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook