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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warfield research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1319 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Warfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Elizabeth Warfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Warfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • G. Warfield arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

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  • 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

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  • Warfield Records by Evelyn Ballenger.
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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Warfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Warfield 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.

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