Schofield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Schofield family

The surname Schofield was first found in Lancashire at Schofield, in East Rochdale in the township of Butterworth. The first record of the family was John de Schfeld who held lands here during the reign of Edward I.

Schofield Hall in Hollingworth was in the hands of the same family for over 400 years and their association with the district dates back to John De Schofield in 1310 who held lands there at that time.

Early History of the Schofield family

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Schofield Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Schofield family (pre 1700)

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United States Schofield migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870
  • James Schofield, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1830 [2]
  • Samuel Schofield, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832 [2]
  • John Schofield, who landed in New York in 1837 [2]
  • William E Schofield, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Schofield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schofield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Major. Schofield U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia Schofield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [4]
  • William Schofield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [5]
  • John Schofield, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [6]
  • John Schofield, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • Mary A. Schofield, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

New Zealand Schofield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Schofield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Schofield, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Tyrian" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 29th October 1851 [7]
  • Mr. George Schofield, (b. 1844), aged 20, British carpenter travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [8]
  • George Schofield, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Schofield (post 1700) +

  • Todd "Youth" Schofield (1971-2018), American guitarist, best known for his work with Warzone, Murphy's Law and Danzig
  • John McAllister Schofield (1831-1906), U.S. Army general, 28th Secretary of War (1868-1869) and Commanding General of the United States Army
  • John Richard "Ducky" Schofield (b. 1935), retired Major League Baseball infielder
  • Dick Schofield (b. 1962), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • John McAllister Schofield (1831-1906), American politician, Secretary of War, 1868-69 [9]
  • John Schofield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1956 [9]
  • John Schofield (d. 1893), American politician, Justice of Illinois State Supreme Court, 1873-93 [9]
  • Harry H. Schofield, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Naugatuck; Defeated, 1908; Elected 1920 [9]
  • George S. Schofield, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1914 [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • Leslie Wright Schofield (d. 1942), British Sick Berth Attendant aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Schofield, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald Schofield (1917-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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