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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.

Westerfield Early Origins



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.

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Westerfield Spelling Variations


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Westerfield Spelling Variations



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

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Westerfield Early History


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Westerfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westerfield research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1455, 1487, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Westerfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Westerfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Westerfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Westerfield Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Westerfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Westerfield, who came to Virginia in 1628
  • Jane Westerfield, who arrived in Virginia in 1628

Westerfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Westerfield, who settled in Baltimore in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Westerfield (post 1700)


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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
  • Samuel Zazachilds Westerfield Jr. (1919-1972), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, 1969-72

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Westerfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Westerfield 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 4 November 2015 at 11:08.

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