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Oldfield Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire and Lancashire): topographic name for someone who lived by ‘the old field’ (Middle English olde + feld) or who lived in a district that had been named in Old English as ‘the old open country’ (ald feld). This is the source of placenames such as Allfield in Condover (Shropshire) Alfell Farm in Elmstead (Essex) Oldfield Grove in Langley (Essex) and several places in Cambridgeshire called (The) Offal as well as many places called Oldfield in Yorkshire. Oldfield near Ludden Foot in Sowerby and another place so called in Honley next to Meltham are known to have given rise to hereditary surnames.

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


Similar surnames: Padfield, Woodfield, Orfield, Hadfield, Duffield, Hatfield, Longfield

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Where is the Oldfield family from?

You can see how Oldfield families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oldfield family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oldfield families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Oldfield families living in Ohio. This was about 31% of all the recorded Oldfield's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Oldfield families in 1840.
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What did your Oldfield ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oldfield. 18% of Oldfield men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Oldfield women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oldfield were Machinist and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Machinist
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Oldfield. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Oldfield lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Oldfield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Oldfield in 1941 was 50, and 79 in 2004.

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