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About the study
There are several meanings of the name:
The name is Anglo-Saxon in origin being an inhabitant of the city of Sheffield in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
Sheffield is generally regarded as a surname of people coming from towns, villages,parishes and hamlets.
From the River Sheaf + feld (open pasture) The River Sheaf is on the boundary of Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
In Sussex - sheep field
Berkshire - shelter field
Crooked meadow - in the USA
Historical occurrences of the name
In 1990 census in the US the Surname Sheffield was popular - 1407 out of 88799.
Frequency Comparisons. United Kingdom ( Current) 1766
United Kingdom (1881 census) 1571
Change since 1881 +195
United States 18983
Distribution of the name
Top UK Counties by total occurrences (Number of people with that surname)
Top UK Counties by Frequency (highest proportion of people with that surname)
Top UK Towns by Total Occurrances (Number of people with that surname)
Birmingham, Warwickshire 34
St Marylebone, London 31
Blackburn, Lancashire 27
Islington, London 27
Pickering, Yorkshire 24
Chelsea, London 22
Earls Barton, Northamptonshire 22
Moss Side, Lancashire 21
Leicester St Mary, Leicestershire 18
Top UK Towns by Frequency (highest proportion of people with that surname)
Hooton, Chester 8
Churchover, Warwickshire 15
Great Oakley, Northamptonshire 9
Brownsover, Warwickshire 3
Pickworth, Rutland 5
Motherby, Cumberland 2
Lea Marston, Warwickshire 7
Great Addington, Northamptonshire 7
Acton Round, Shropshire 4
Wadenhoe, Northamptonshire 5 2000
American Census the surname Sheffield was ranked 1730 with an estimated number of 18983 people with that surname.