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

The history of the Waterfield family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Northampton. Their name, however, is a reference to Valtierville, in the Seine-Inferieur region of France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Waterfield, Waterfall, Wateville, Waterville and others.

First found in Northampton where they were Lords of the manor of Waterfield, and descended from a Norman noble from Waterville in Normandy. The sire of the family was John de Wateville who was succeeded by Sir Roger de Wateville, and then Sir Geffrey Wateville.


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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Waterfield name or one of its variants:

Waterfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert and Mary Waterfield settled in Jamaica in 1685

Waterfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Waterfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Waterfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Waterfield, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
  • David Waterfield, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"
  • Thomas Waterfield, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"


  • Robert Stanton "Bob" Waterfield (1920-1983), American NFL Hall of Fame football player
  • Harry Lee Waterfield (1911-1988), American Democrat politician, 42nd and 44th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
  • Richard Allen "Dick" Waterfield (1939-2007), American rancher and politician, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 88
  • Richard H. Waterfield, American founder of Waterfield Mortgage Company in 1928 which later became the Waterfield Group, one of the largest private financial services organizations in the United States
  • George Smith Waterfield (1901-1988), English professional association footballer
  • John Percival Waterfield, Finance Officer for Northern Ireland
  • Peter Waterfield (b. 1981), British gold and two-time silver medalist diver
  • Robin Anthony Herschel Waterfield (b. 1952), British classical scholar, translator, editor, and writer of children's fiction


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The Waterfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waterfield 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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