Last name: Fields

This interesting surname, of Anglo-Saxon origin, is a topographical name for someone who lived on land which had been cleared of forest, but not brought into cultivation, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "feld" meaning "pasture", "open country". The surname dates back to the late 12th Century (see below). Further recordings include one Hugo de la Felde (1188) the Pipe Rolls of Bedfordshire, John del Feld (1190) Suffolk, the Kalendar of Abbot Samson of Bury St. Edmunds, and James atte Felde (1296), the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex. Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Fyeld, Feild, Fields, de la Feld and Delafield. London Church Recordings include one George Henrick, who married Margarett Feilde at St. Martin Orgar and St. Clement Eastcheap, on June 6th 1546, and William Field, who married Agnes Smith on October 10th 1586, in Stepney. An interesting namebearer was Nathaniel Field (1587 - 1633), actor and dramatist, who acted in plays by Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. His name was made synonymous with "best actor" in Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair" (1614). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Felde which was dated 1185, in the "Knights Templars Records of Gloucestershire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Krystal Fields
Anglo-Saxon origin huh? My family is from the islands.

I've always wondered does Fields have any connection to the last name Campos which is Spanish for Fields

Chris Smith
My Great Grandfather's last name was Fields. He was from Chickasaw County, Mississippi. We found a WWI Army registration form on that listed him as a Native. My family still owns land there. I always wanted to know where the name "Fields" came from and if my great Grand Forefathers were slaves.

Looking for anyone with Fields last name from the Tupelo,Ms, Okalona, Ms Shannon,Ms Jackson,Ms areas. Also the last name Brooks from Chickasaw County, Ms

erin fields
Being African American, although I don't know for sure, I assumed my ancestors were slaves and Fields was somehow linked to that.

Robert Fields
My family members were sharecroppers in Alabama. They were immigrants from Wales.

Philishia Fields
I have no idea about much of my family paternal side who's names are fields. My grandfather name is Walter Fields, my Grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Fields and my father is Phillips Fields. I only know that they are from Alabama. So I don't have much history to go off. I want to know all of my family members.

My grandfather Ernest Fields also came from England and settled in Alabama, wonder if there are any connections?

Drew Fields
I dont know
where my name is from.

Drew Fields
u have the same name as me

Roy W. Fields

Nathaniel Fields 1728-1777 in VA. we are now TN. Obion County ,Dyer

Andrew Fields

So is everyone with the last name Fields somehow someway related to each other?

Kisha Fields

wondering how my last name migrated to the Georgia areas. My family is very small and cannot find a lot of history as to where they really came from.

Michael Fields

I'm from Muscle Shoals,Al. Grandparents Charles and Louise Fields.

Robert Johnson

My family goes back to the De la Feld family tree

Joyce N

Are there any Fields from the Mississippi area, or know of the history of the Fields name there? My Great, Great Grandfather’s last name was Fields. His first name is Matthew/ Matt. He was a Black man born in Shannon, MS in the 1850's. He married a young girl, who we think was Native Indian, named Phila. I don’t have much information on the Field family, but I am searching.


My grandfather's lastname was Fields. He grew up in Texas. Hubert Fields deceased.

Matthew Fields

Hi, my fathers side of the family is from Oklahoma, however he grew up in Kansas. Currently we are in Louisiana.

Mitchell Fields
My Fields folks are from WA, my grandfather Wayne Colyer Fields married my grandmother Edna Mae Mckelvey and had 3 sons and a daughter. My dad is Wayne C. Fields, Jr. My great grandfather was George Fields, a WA state senator. The family is now mostly in AK and CA...

michael fields
My family lives in sw va.

James Fields
My family is from Aiken County, SC. My dad is Sr., I'm Jr. Grandfathers name was Henry. Anyone know or from that area?

Alexander D. Fields.
LaFollette, Tennessee. Last know origin was great grandfather Michael Fields from Ohio.

Kim A Fields
Check out the world families Fields surname project. You can see the different Fields families developing from the DNA testing that is being done. Better yet get your DNA tested and see what family group you come from. We're not all Dela Field

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