The present generation of the Shaffield family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the town of Sheffield in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Shaffield 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 Shaffield family
The surname Shaffield 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 Shaffield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shaffield 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 Shaffield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shaffield Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Shaffield include Sheffield, Shefield, Sheffeild, Shiffield and many more.
Early Notables of the Shaffield 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 Shaffield family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Shaffield were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Edmund, William, and Ichabod Sheffield settled in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
in 1630; Thomas Sheffield and his wife, Rachel, settled in Virginia in 1622.
The Shaffield 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.