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Hatfield Surname Origin
(Locality). From a town in Hertfordshire, also in Essex and Yorkshire, England. Bailey says it is from Hat, hot, Saxon, and field--from the hot sandy soil. Houtfield, the field in the wood, from hout, Dutch, a wood. Perhaps the same as Heathfield.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Hatfield Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Hatfield Family History Thought:
'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley