Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Sheeffield is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the town of Sheffield in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Sheeffield 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 Sheeffield family
The surname Sheeffield 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 Sheeffield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheeffield 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 Sheeffield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sheeffield Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sheeffield has been spelled many different ways, including Sheffield, Shefield, Sheffeild, Shiffield and many more.
Early Notables of the Sheeffield 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 Sheeffield family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sheeffields to arrive in North America: Edmund, William, and Ichabod Sheffield settled in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
in 1630; Thomas Sheffield and his wife, Rachel, settled in Virginia in 1622.
The Sheeffield 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.