Warfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Warfield family

The surname Warfield was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Warfield, held by the King, formerly held by Queen Edith who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Warfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warfield research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1319, 1641, 1560, 1608, 1560 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Warfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Warfield Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Warfield, Warefield, Worfield, Wawfield, Wafield, Wayfield and many more.

Early Notables of the Warfield family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Warfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Warfield migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Warfield, who landed in Maryland in 1660 [2]
  • Elizabeth Warfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [2]

New Zealand Warfield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Warfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • G. Warfield, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Warfield (post 1700) +

  • Paul Warfield (b. 1942), American football player
  • Marsha Warfield (b. 1954), American actress
  • S. Davies Warfield (1863-1927), American bank president and railroad magnate
  • William Warfield (1920-2002), the American singer and stage performer
  • Marlene Warfield (b. 1940), American actress
  • Justin Warfield (b. 1973), American musician
  • John N. Warfield (1925-2009), American systems scientist
  • Joe Warfield (b. 1973), American actor and professor at New York University
  • Henry Ridgely Warfield (1774-1839), 19th century U.S. politician
  • Eric Warfield (b. 1976), the American football player
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Warfield +

  • 3990 "Warfield Records" by Evelyn Ballenger.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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