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The surname Winfield was first found in Suffolk at Wingfield, an ancient Saxon village that dates back to c. 1035 when it was listed as Wingefeld and probably meant "open land of the family or followers of a man called Wiga," from the Old English personal name + "-inga" + "feld." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

"The Wingfields of Wingfield and Letheringham, both in Suffolk, a distinguished family of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, are traced nearly to the Conquest, though they do not appear to have been lords of the manor or castle of Wingfield before the reign of Edward II. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Wingfield Castle, was the ancestral home of the Wingfield family and their heirs. Of note was Sir John de Wingfield (died c. 1361), Chief Administrator to Edward the Black Prince, a title received c. 1351 as a result of his devotion his prince including Crecy in 1346 and in the Normandy campaign in 1347-1348. Wingfield College "was founded on the south side of the church [of Wingfield] by the will of Sir John Wingfield, in 1362, for a provost and nine priests." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Winfield, Wingfield and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winfield research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1361, 1456, 1525, 1523, 1525, 1403, 1454, 1464, 1539, 1534, 1550, 1634, 1552, 1551, 1552, 1560, 1626, 1597, 1621, 1626, 1545, 1533, 1536, 1628, 1660 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Winfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Wingfield (d. 1361), High Steward and Councilor to the Prince of Wales, who accompanied the Prince on his campaigns in France, Chief Administrator to Edward the Black Prince; Sir Richard Wingfield, (1456-1525), from Letheringham, Suffolk, English courtier, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster...

Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Winfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Winfield, who landed in Maryland in 1659

Winfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Winfield and her husband, who settled in Boston in 1716
  • William Winfield, who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1722

Winfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Winfield, who landed in Ohio in 1844
  • W Winfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Winfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Winfield, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Addin Winfield arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848

Winfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Winfield, aged 27, a sawyer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Margaret Winfield, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • John Winfield, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • James Winfield arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
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  • Sterling Winfield (b. 1970), American music producer
  • Darrell H. Winfield (b. 1929), American rancher and model best known as "The Marlboro Man " in television commercials and magazine advertisements from 1968 to 1989
  • Leroy "Lee" Winfield (1947-2011), American professional basketball player
  • Jess Winfield (b. 1961), American novelist, self-help author, and television writer
  • Antoine Winfield (b. 1977), American football cornerback in the NFL
  • David Mark Winfield (b. 1951), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Charles Henry Winfield (1822-1888), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1863-67
  • Charles H. Winfield, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Hudson County, 1866-68
  • Charles Winfield, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County, 1832, 1834
  • Agnes Winfield, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1945; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956
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  • Tanglewood Chronicles A Pedigree of Branches of the Smithers, Kelley, Winfield, Johnson, and Allied Famili.
  • by Debra Winfield Smither.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidelite est de Dieu
Motto Translation: Faith is in God.

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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Winfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winfield 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.

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