The surname ‘Whitfield’ is of English origin. It is derived from the habitation name from any of the various places so called , for example in Derbyshire, Kent, Northamptonshire, and Northumberland, so called from the Old English word ‘hwit’ meaning white and ‘feld’ meaning pasture, open country, because of their chalky soil. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Whitfield’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the thirteenth century were a ‘Margery de Wytefield’, from the county of Oxfordshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in twelve hundred and seventy-three.Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signed in Paris in 1763, when great Britain obtained ownership of the whole of North America east of the Missisipi River excepting New Orleans. The chief reasons causing working class people to emigrate were, poor crop yields, high unemployment, and the misconception… Coat of arms: Argent ten cros…
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