Where did the English hadfield family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the hadfield family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
hadfield is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in either of the places called Heathfield in Somerset or Sussex, or in one of the various settlements called Hatfield in Essex, Herefordshire, Nottinghamshire, Worcester, the East Riding of Yorkshire, or the North Riding of Yorkshire. The surname hadfield belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. hadfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Hatfield, Hatfeild, Hadfield and others.
First found in Yorkshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name hadfield or a variant listed above: George Hadfield who settled in New England in 1802; James, John, Robert and Thomas Hadfield arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1860; Thomas and Grace Hatfeild settled in Virginia in 1653.