Whitfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitfield family

The surname Whitfield was first found in Northumberland at Whitfield, a parish, in the union of Haltwhistle, W. division of Tindale ward where "this place was for six centuries the property of the Whitfield family, to whom the Countess Ada, widow of Henry, Earl of Huntingdon, and mother of William the Lion, King of Scotland, made a grant of it in fee, with the exception of some lands to be held under the convent of Hexham; shortly after which, the family had a grant from that establishment of nearly all Whitfield." [1]

Due to the literal translation of the surname to "dweller by the white field," [2] there are many other place name in both common spellings, Whitefield and Whitfield; too many to list here. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Margery de Wytefled in Oxfordshire; and Peter de Whytefled in Norfolk. [3]

Early History of the Whitfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitfield research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1371, 1384, 1378, 1401, 1378, 1401, 1660, 1639, 1639, 1619, 1688, 1685, 1688, 1712, 1684, 1705, 1634, 1685, 1685, 1646 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Whitfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitfield Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whytefield, Whitfield, Whitefield, Whitefeild and others.

Early Notables of the Whitfield family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Henry Whitefield, Archdeacon of Barnstaple from 1371 to 1384; and Thomas Whitefield ( fl. 1378-1401), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Hereford in 1378 and 1401. Henry Whitfield or Whitefield (d. 1660?), was an English divine, said to have been second son of Ralph Whitfeld of Gray's Inn. "He was more probably son of Thomas Whitfeld, lord of the manor of East Sheen and of Mortlake. In 1639 Whitfield, who had become a nonconformist at...
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Whitfield family to Ireland

Some of the Whitfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 146 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Whitfield migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gilbert Whitfield, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • John Whitfield, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Whitfield, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Henry Whitfield, who arrived in New England in 1639 [4]
  • Henry Whitfield, who settled in New England in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Whitfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Whitfield, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1707 [4]
  • William Whitfield, who arrived in New England in 1709 [4]
  • Susanna Whitfield, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [4]
  • Joshua Whitfield, who arrived in America in 1764 [4]
Whitfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Whitfield, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832 [4]
  • George T Whitfield, who arrived in New York in 1834 [4]
  • S Whitfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • James Whitfield, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [4]

Canada Whitfield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Whitfield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Whitfield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Whitfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Gibson Whitfield, (b. 1795), aged 20, English clerk who was convicted in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England for life for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1828 [5]
  • Mr. Christopher Whitfield, English convict who was convicted in Ripon, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 24th March 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • W. Whitfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838 [7]
  • Ann Whitfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [8]
  • Catherine Whitfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Whitfield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Whitfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Whitfield, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 [9]
  • Mr. W. Whitfield, Australian settler travelling from Sydney, Australia aboard the ship "Bright Planet" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 11th June 1842 [9]
  • John Whitfield, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Mr. Thomas Whitfield, (b. 1817), aged 51, British printer travelling from London aboard the ship "Light Brigade" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1868 [9]
  • Mrs. Susannah Whitfield, (b. 1820), aged 48, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Light Brigade" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1868 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitfield (post 1700) +

  • Malvin Greston "Mal" Whitfield (1924-2015), American member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Olympic champion in the 800 metres at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics, father of CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield, inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974
  • Dondré Terrell Whitfield (b. 1969), American three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actor, known for his performance on All My Children
  • Mitchell Whitfield (b. 1964), American actor and voice actor from Brooklyn, New York
  • Lynn Whitfield (b. 1953), née Butler-Smith, an American Primetime Emmy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated actress and producer
  • Fredricka Whitfield (b. 1965), American news anchor for CNN, daughter of Olympian Mal Whitfield
  • Albert H. Whitfield, American politician, Justice of Mississippi State Supreme Court, 1894-1910; Chief Justice of Mississippi State Supreme Court, 1900-10
  • Thomas Anthony Whitfield (1954-1992), American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist
  • Evan Dylan Whitfield (b. 1977), retired American soccer player
  • Terry Bertland Whitfield (b. 1953), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Brent Whitfield (b. 1981), American soccer player
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Victor V Whitfield (b. 1916), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Totton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]


Suggested Readings for the name Whitfield +

  • 1069 Whitfield History and Genealogy of Tennessee by Vallie Jo Fox Whitfield, Virginia History and Whitfield Biographies by Vallie Jo Fox.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF ROXBURGE. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838DukeOfRoxburghe.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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