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Where did the English Whitfield family come from? What is the English Whitfield family crest and coat of arms? When did the Whitfield family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Whitfield family history?

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

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Whitfield in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitfield research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1371, 1384, 1378, 1401, 1378 and 1401 are included under the topic Early Whitfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Whitfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • John Whitfield settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Whitfield, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Whitfield, who arrived in New England in 1639
  • Henry Whitfield settled in New England in 1639


Whitfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edward Whitfield, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1707
  • William Whitfield, who arrived in New England in 1709
  • Susanna Whitfield, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Joshua Whitfield, who arrived in America in 1764

Whitfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nicholas Whitfield, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • George T Whitfield, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • S Whitfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Whitfield, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Whitfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Richd Whitfield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Whitfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • W. Whitfield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838
  • Ann Whitfield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849
  • Catherine Whitfield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849
  • Ann Whitfield, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Catherine Whitfield, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"


Whitfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Whitfield arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860

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  • 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
  • Malvin "Mal" Greston Whitfield (b. 1924), American six-time gold medalist Olympian and Pan American Games athlete
  • Brent Whitfield (b. 1981), American soccer player
  • Barrence Whitfield (b. 1955), born Barry White, an American soul and R&B vocalist
  • Lynn Whitfield (b. 1953), American Emmy Award winning actress
  • Norman Jesse Whitfield (1940-2008), American songwriter and producer, founder of Whitfield Records
  • June Rosemary Whitfield CBE (b. 1925), English actress, best known for her appearances in four "Carry On" films
  • Mr. Leonard William Whitfield (1906-1941), Australian Chief Petty Officer Writer from Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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  • Whitfield History and Genealogy of Tennessee by Vallie Jo Fox Whitfield.
  • Virginia History and Whitfield Biographies by Vallie Jo Fox.
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  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Whitfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitfield 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 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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