Winfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Winfield family
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." 
"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. " 
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." 
Early History of the Winfield family
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Winfield Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Winfield, Wingfield and others.
Early Notables of the Winfield family (pre 1700)
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 (1523-1525); Sir Robert Wingfield of Letheringham, Suffolk (1403-1454), an English knight; Sir Robert Wingfield (1464?-1539), an English diplomat; Lady Bridget Wingfield (died 1534) close friend and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn; Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt (1550-1634), an English...
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Migration of the Winfield family to Ireland
Some of the Winfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Winfield migration to the United States +
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 migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 
Winfield 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:
Winfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Stephen Winfield, aged 27, a sawyer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 
- Margaret Winfield, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 
- John Winfield, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 
- James Winfield, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 
- Mr. T. Winfield, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Tongariro" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand in 1887 
Contemporary Notables of the name Winfield (post 1700) +
- W. T. Winfield, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996 (alternate), 2008 
- Thomas J. Winfield, American Democrat politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives 53rd District; Elected 2002 
- Samuel F. Winfield, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives, 1962, 1964; Candidate for Michigan State Senate 4th District, 1966 
- Paul Winfield, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 2008 
- Michael Winfield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1896, 1908, 1912 
- John D. Winfield, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County 3rd District, 1874 
- J. L. Winfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1868 
- Holt N. Winfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Ulster County, 1920, 1923 
- H. L. Winfield, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1944 
- Charles Henry Winfield (1822-1888), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1863-67 
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The Winfield Motto +
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.
Suggested Readings for the name Winfield +
- 4004 "Tanglewood Chronicles" A Pedigree of Branches of the Smithers, Kelley, Winfield, Johnson, and Allied Families" by Debra Winfield Smither.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Poictiers.htm
- ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html