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Wakefield Family History

This historic name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname from the city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and perhaps also from a place of the same name in Northamptonshire, near Stony Stratford. The place in Yorkshire is recorded as "Wachefeld" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as "Wakefeld" in the 1219 Feet of Fines, while the place in Northamptonshire appears as "Wacafeld" in the Domesday Book. Both placenames share the same meaning and derivation, which is "the festival field", derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "wacu", vigil, festival, wake, with "feld", pasture, open country. The name was thus "patch of open land where a fair was held, or where wake-plays were given"...

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Kim Karrmann

It is my understanding DNA cannot yet distinguish between Irish and English. Too much cross breading.

Kim Karrmann

Trying to track down the ancestry of my great-grandmother’s parents. I come up empty. She was born in Greene Co, Indiana USA Oct 10, 1882. She married Adam Vonderschmitt. She has I believe 4 children one being my grandfather-Dewaye Vonderschmitt. It says she was a servant to the Neiswanger family at age 17 in 1910 census. I can’t find anything on her parents.

Mary Lee Wakefield

I have a Wakefield last name. It goes back generations. However, I did my DNA and there’s no English it’s all Irish. We live in the United States. We live in the United States.


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