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Westerfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Westerfield surname is derived from the Old English words "west" meaning "west," and "feld," meaning "open country;" it was likely taken on as a habitational name from either of two places, Westfield, in Norfolk and Westfield, in Sussex; or it may have been a name for someone who lived to the west of an open field.

Early Origins of the Westerfield family


The surname Westerfield was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1276 when John Westfield held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Westerfield family


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Westerfield Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Westfield, Westerfill, Westerfeild, Westfield, Westfill, Westfill and many more.

Early Notables of the Westerfield family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Westerfield family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Westerfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Westerfield, who settled in Virginia in 1628
  • Jane Westerfield, who arrived in Virginia in 1628 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Westerfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Westerfield, who settled in Baltimore in 1834

Contemporary Notables of the name Westerfield (post 1700)


  • Holt Bradford Westerfield (1928-2008), American Professor Political Science at Yale University
  • Richard Westerfield (b. 1958), American Associate Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Louis Westerfield (1949-1996), American lawyer, law professor, first African-American Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law
  • James Westerfield (1913-1971), American actor who starred in more than 50 films including On The Waterfront (1954) and The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
  • William F. Westerfield, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1894, 1896 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Samuel Zazachilds Westerfield Jr. (1919-1972), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, 1969-72 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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