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Litchfield Name Meaning

habitational name from Lichfield in Staffordshire. The first element preserves a British name recorded as Letocetum during the Romano-British period. This means ‘gray wood’, from words which are the ancestors of Welsh llwyd ‘gray’ and coed ‘wood’. By the Old English period this had been reduced to Licced, and the element feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’ was added to describe a patch of cleared land within the ancient wood. habitational name from Litchfield in Hampshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Liveselle. This is probably from an Old English hlif ‘shelter’ + Old English scylf ‘shelf’, ‘ledge’. The subsequent transformation of the place name may be the result of folk etymological association with Old English hlið, hlid ‘slope’ + feld ‘open country’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Winfield, Cockfield, Winkfield, Burchfield, Crutchfield, Highfield

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Litchfield Ethnicity Estimate

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Litchfield Family Origin

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Litchfield Family Occupations

What did your Litchfield ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Litchfield. A less common occupation for the Litchfield family was Farming. The most common Litchfield occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Litchfield's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Litchfield Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Litchfield. For the veterans among your Litchfield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Litchfield Life Expectancy

What is the average Litchfield lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Litchfield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Litchfield in 1944 was 66, and 74 in 2004.

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