Scourfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scourfield is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Scourfield 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 Scourfield family

The surname Scourfield 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 Scourfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scourfield 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 Scourfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Scourfield Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Scourfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Scofield, Schofield, Scholefield and others.

Early Notables of the Scourfield 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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Migration of the Scourfield family

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Scourfields were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Abraham, Charles, Edmund, Edward, Henry, James, John, Joseph, Peter, Thomas, William, and Wright Schofield all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870.



  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)


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