Meaning and Origin of: Whitfield

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : White
  • Old English : From a small field

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from any of various places named Whitfield, for example in Derbyshire, Kent, Northamptonshire, and Northumberland, named with Old English hwīt ‘white’ + feld ‘open country’, because of their chalky or soil.
  • Henry Whitfield (1597–c.1657), preacher and scholar, came from Mortlake, Surrey, England (now part of Greater London) to New Haven, CT, in 1639 and was one of the first settlers in Guilford, CT. He had ten children, some of whom he left in CT when he returned to England in 1650, where he died.