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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 from Derbyshire.

Sheeffield Early Origins



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.

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Sheeffield Spelling Variations


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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.

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Sheeffield Early History


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Sheeffield Early History



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.

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Sheeffield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheeffield Early Notables (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 Sheffield of Butterwick...

Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheeffield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Sheeffield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheeffield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 January 2014 at 11:08.

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