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Where did the English Warfield family come from? What is the English Warfield family crest and coat of arms? When did the Warfield family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Warfield family history?


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

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.


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


  • Wallis Warfield, American-born wife of Edward, duke of Windsor, who, as Edward VIII, abdicated the British throne in order to marry her
  • Catherine Anne Warfield (1816-1877), American author
  • David Warfield (1866-1951), American stage actor
  • Eric Warfield (b. 1976), the American football player
  • Henry Ridgely Warfield (1774-1839), 19th century U.S. politician
  • Joe Warfield (b. 1973), American actor and professor at New York University
  • John N. Warfield (1925-2009), American systems scientist
  • Justin Warfield (b. 1973), American musician
  • Marlene Warfield (b. 1940), American actress
  • Marsha Warfield (b. 1954), American actress



  • 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. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 7 February 2014 at 13:31.

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