The ancestors of the name Scheffield date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Scheffield family lived in the town of Sheffield in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Scheffield is a habitation name which was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the place-name Sheffield means open land by the river Sheaf,
a boundary river dividing Yorkshire
Early Origins of the Scheffield family
The surname Scheffield was first found in Rutland where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Scheffield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scheffield research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1588, 1407, 1421, 1646, 1614, 1624, 1521, 1549, 1538, 1568, 1564, 1646, 1626, 1611, 1658, 1648, 1721, 1685, 1689, 1702 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Scheffield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Scheffield Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Scheffield are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Scheffield include: Sheffield, Shefield, Sheffeild, Shiffield and many more.
Early Notables of the Scheffield family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Sheffield (fl.1407-1421) English politician, Member of Parliament for Rutland; William Sheffield (died 1646), Member of Parliament for Hedon in 1614 and Thirsk in 1624; Edmund Sheffield (1521-1549), English nobleman, 1st Baron
Sheffield of Butterwick; John Sheffield (c.1538-1568), 2nd Baron
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Migration of the Scheffield family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Scheffield or a variant listed above: Edmund, William, and Ichabod Sheffield settled in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
in 1630; Thomas Sheffield and his wife, Rachel, settled in Virginia in 1622.
The Scheffield Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Comiter sed fortiter
Motto Translation: Courteously but firmly.