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Schofield is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Schofield family lived in Lancashire. Their name, however, is a reference to Escoville, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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The surname Schofield was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Scofield, Schofield, Scholefield and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schofield research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schofield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schofield or a variant listed above:

Schofield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Abraham, Charles, Edmund, Edward, Henry, James, John, Joseph, Peter, Thomas, William, and Wright Schofield all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870
  • James Schofield, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1830
  • Samuel Schofield, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • John Schofield, who landed in New York in 1837
  • William E Schofield, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851


Schofield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Schofield, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Schofield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • John Schofield, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • John Schofield, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • Mary A. Schofield, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

Schofield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Schofield arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1870

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  • John Schofield (d. 1893), American politician, Justice of Illinois State Supreme Court, 1873-93
  • John McAllister Schofield (1831-1906), U.S. Army general, 28th Secretary of War (1868-1869) and Commanding General of the United States Army
  • John McAllister Schofield (1831-1906), American politician, Secretary of War, 1868-69
  • John Schofield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1956
  • Harry H. Schofield, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Naugatuck; Defeated, 1908; Elected 1920
  • George S. Schofield, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1914
  • George A. Schofield (b. 1863), American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Twenty-Second Essex District, 1902-05; Member of Massachusetts State Senate Third Essex District, 1906
  • Emma L. Schofield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932
  • Alfred E. Schofield, American politician, First Selectman of Naugatuck, Connecticut, 1908
  • John S. Schofield, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 5th District, 1857-58

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