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The Westfield 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.

Westfield Early Origins



The surname Westfield 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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Westfield Spelling Variations


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Westfield Spelling Variations



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

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Westfield Early History


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Westfield Early History



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

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Westfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Westfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Westfield 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:

Westfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Grace Westfield, who came to America in 1716
  • Richard Westfield, who came to America in 1745
  • Elizabeth Westfield, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1775

Westfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Westfield, aged 37, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Westfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Westfield (post 1700)



  • George Westfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 7th District, 1962
  • Mervyn Westfield (b. 1988), English cricketer
  • John Westfield, Physical Education Department Chairperson at St. John's Preparatory School, MA

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Westfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Westfield 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 11:10.

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