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Posted by Errol Lewis January 24, 2006 to
Several years ago Y. A. Satterfield hired a professional genealogist in England to research the Satterfield surname. The following is his introduction to the report he submitted to Mr. Satterfield: Errol Lewis
The earliest records found in England were in Derbyshire.
The oldest book commences in 1559 in Derbyshire, and the first entries able to be seen, as the condition of the book is in poor, the writing is faded, and the penmanship is worse.
The first christening we were able to record is the son of Robert Satterfield, of Codnor, Derbyshire, when the son of Sampson was christened on Feb 25, 1592 at Heamorl.
Then we have the marriage of Henry Satterfield of Codnor, Derbshire to Elizabeth Peacock on Oct 30, 1603. This was also performed at Heanor, Derbyshire.
These are probably the ancestors of all the Satterfields in England as they did not move around too much except to go to Yorkshire to locate work. The surname was not found in any of the other counties in England at this time.
From 1603 there are families that probably tie to the others, Robert and Henry Satterfield of Codnor, Derbyshire. As the ancestors, this Robert could be the father of Henry Satterfield but we have not been able to locate any christening records from the old book on account of the condition.
The name Satterfield has not been found in any of the visitiations of the shires in England. And, it is found that most of the Satterfields living in Yorkshire and Derbyshire later in 1750 to 1800 had all apparently moved or relocated to America because we found very few entries in any of the parish registers. (We have since found records of Satterfields in Ramgate and Minster, Kent Co., England).
However, even though there are no references to the name Satterfield in any of the works of the best authorities on the origin of English surnames, some of them do refer to Satterley and as "ley" is an old English word for meadow or field, the meaning of the two names is probably the same. "Saetr" is the plural of the Norse word meaning "Hill" pastures. It is likely that Satterfield was a place consisting of high pasturelands and the families living there came to be known from this place. Some of the county around Heanor, Derbyshire, might well have given rise to the name, but the search of the maps of England and the district around Heanor, has so far not led to the identification of the place.
English Researcher - 1956