Scholfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Scholfield reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Scholfield 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 Scholfield family

The surname Scholfield was first found in Lancashire at Schofield, in East Rochdale in the township of Butterworth. The first record of the family was John de Scholefeld who held lands here during the reign of Edward I. [2]

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 Scholfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scholfield research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1363, 1688, 1836, 1789, 1853, 1789, 1809, 1867, 1809, 1744 and 1844 are included under the topic Early Scholfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Scholfield Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Scholfield family name include Scofield, Schofield, Scholefield and others.

Early Notables of the Scholfield family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was James Scholefield (1789-1853), Regius professor of Greek at Cambridge, born on 15 Nov. 1789, at Henley-on-Thames, where his father was...
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United States Scholfield migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Scholfield family to immigrate North America:

Scholfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Scholfield, who landed in America in 1794 [3]
Scholfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Scholfield, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Joseph Scholfield, aged 26, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [3]
  • Edmund, James, Joseph, and Sylvester Scholfield, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • N Scholfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • S Scholfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Australia Scholfield migration to Australia +

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

Scholfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Scholfield, British convict who was convicted in Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • William Scholfield, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. John Scholfield, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

New Zealand Scholfield 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:

Scholfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Scholfield, (b. 1844), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [7]
  • Miss Sarah Scholfield, (b. 1844), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Scholfield (post 1700) +

  • Albert Gallatin Scholfield (1807-1901), American founder of Scholfield's Commercial College in Providence, Rhode Island, the first business school in the state in 1846
  • John Scholfield (1834-1893), American politician and jurist from Marshall, Clark County, Illinois; he served in the Illinois House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1861
  • John F. Scholfield, American politician, First Selectman of Montville, Connecticut, 1897 [8]
  • John Scholfield, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 17th District, 1869-70 [8]
  • Isaacher Scholfield, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 41st District, 1891-92 [8]
  • Frank Scholfield (1886-1950), English cricketer from Whitefield, Greater Manchester who played for Lancashire from 1911 to 1912
  • Alwyn Faber "A.F." Scholfield (1884-1969), British classical scholar and librarian of the University of Cambridge (1923-1949)
  • Thomas Hallett Scholfield (1894-1964), Australian politician from Telangatuk East, Victoria, Member of the Australian Parliament for Wannon (1931-1940)
  • Henry Chadwick Scholfield (1866-1935), Canadian politician from Lloydtown, Canada West, who represented Wellington South from 1911 to 1914, and St. George from 1926 to 1934, in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario


  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-lyon
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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