This surname of FIFETT is a locational name from one of many places in England so named. There is Fifehead in Dorset, Fivehead, and Fitzhead in County Somerset, Fifield in Oxford and Wiltshire, and Fyfield in Berkshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Wiltshire, and the surname could have arisen from any of these places. The names of habitation, which are the largest group, usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held and perhaps owned his land. These local surnames derive (with a few occasional exceptions) from English, Scottish or French places, and were originally preceded by a preposition such as 'atte' or 'bye'. The earliest local surnames of French origin are chiefly from Normandy, particularly from the departments of Calvados, Eure, Seine-Inferieure and La Manche, although some Frenchmen, arriving in England early acquired surnames from English places. Local names may derive from the manor held, the place of residence, and occasionally from a sign like an Inn or Tavern, or a particularly unusual shape of rock, hill, tree, stream or river. The earliest of the name on record appears to be FIVEHIDE (without surname) who was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and FISHYDE (without surname) was recorded in the year 1100 in Berkshire. Richard de Fifhida was documented in 1170 in Berkshire, and William de Fiffide appears in 1236 in Warwickshire. Richard Fiffede was documented in the year 1317 in County Kent. Edward Fifield of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Fifield).
The arms were registered at Bromley, County Kent.
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