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.
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