Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
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
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
Other Countries United States 18983 Australia 320
Top UK Counties by total occurrences (Number of people with that surname)
London 237 Lancashire 189 Warwickshire 172 Yorkshire 170 Leicestershire 96 Northamptonshire 94 Surrey 80 Northamptonshire 52 Hertfordshire 40 Kent 37
Top UK Counties by Frequency (highest proportion of people with that surname)
Rutland 16 Northamptonshire 94 Leicestershire 96 Warwickshire 172 Hertfordshire 40 Bedfordshire 30 Huntingdonshire 52 Shropshire 28 Buckinghamshire 18
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 Ashton, Warwickshire17
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.
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