Meaning and Origin of Wakefield - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Wakefield

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Wet field

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Family name origins & meanings:

  • English : habitational name from the city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and probably also from a place of the same name in Northamptonshire. Both are named from an Old English wacu ‘vigil’, ‘festival’ (a derivative of wac(i)an ‘to watch or wake’) + feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’, i.e. a patch of open land where a fair was held.