Stratfield is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Stratfield family lived in Kent
. Their name, however, is a reference to Estreville, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Stratfield family
The surname Stratfield was first found in Kent
. They were originally from Estreville in Normandy
, and became known as De Stratavilla. They were Lords of the manor of Chiddingstone in that shire. One source claims "Among some papers preserved in the family, it is noted that an ancestor, travelling about a century since in Saxony
, met with a family named Streightveldt, who bore the arms and crest of the Kentish Streatfeilds." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
A couple of comments on this reference: as the book was written in 1860, one would presume that the author is referring to 1760; and secondly the reader should be aware that most "field" names were originally spelt "feild."
Early History of the Stratfield family
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Stratfield Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Stratfield include Streatfield, Streatfeild, Streetfield, Stratfield and others.
Early Notables of the Stratfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stratfield family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Stratfields to arrive on North American shores:
Stratfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- H. Stratfield, who settled in Barbados in 1680
The Stratfield 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: Data Fata Secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.