The ancestors of the name Shearfield date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the town of Sheffield in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Shearfield 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 Shearfield family
The surname Shearfield 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 Shearfield family
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Shearfield Spelling Variations
Shearfield has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Shearfield have been found, including Sheffield, Shefield, Sheffeild, Shiffield and many more.
Early Notables of the Shearfield 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 Shearfield family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Shearfields to arrive on North American shores: Edmund, William, and Ichabod Sheffield settled in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
in 1630; Thomas Sheffield and his wife, Rachel, settled in Virginia in 1622.
The Shearfield 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.