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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.

Waterfield Early Origins



The surname Waterfield was 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. William de Waterville, abbot of Peterborough founded a Benedictine nunnery in St. Martin's, Northamptonshire in honour of our Lady St. Mary and St. Michael temp. Henry II. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Waterfield Spelling Variations


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Waterfield Spelling Variations



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.

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Waterfield Early History


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Waterfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waterfield research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waterfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Waterfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Waterfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Waterfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Waterfield In Ireland


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Waterfield In Ireland



Some of the Waterfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Waterfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Waterfield (post 1700)



  • Roe Waterfield, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1944
  • Laura Ferguson Waterfield (1911-1991), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1944
  • Harry Lee Waterfield (1911-1988), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1938-47, 1950-51; Speaker of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1944-46
  • Frederick M. Waterfield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1936
  • Dick Waterfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 13th District, 1990
  • 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
  • Richard Allen "Dick" Waterfield (1939-2007), American rancher and politician, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 88
  • Harry Lee Waterfield (1911-1988), American Democrat politician, 42nd and 44th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
  • Robert Stanton "Bob" Waterfield (1920-1983), American NFL Hall of Fame football player
  • George Smith Waterfield (1901-1988), English professional association footballer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

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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