Humanities › History & Culture GARFIELD - Surname Meaning and Family History What does the last name Garfield mean? Share Flipboard Email Print Hans Blossey / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated December 13, 2017 Garfield is a surname thought to have originated as a habitational name for someone from a lost or unidentified place, from the Old English gar, meaning "triangular land," and feld, meaning "open country or field." Other possible origins of the Garfield name include the Saxon garwian, meaning "to prepare," or the German and Dutch gar, meaning "dressed, prepared" or a "field or place furnished for an army." Surname Origin: English Alternate Surname Spellings: GARFELD, GARFEELD Where Is the Garfield Surname Most Common? According to WorldNames PublicProfiler, Garfield is most commonly found in the United Kingdom, with a large number of individuals with the surname living in the West Midlands. In the United States, the Garfield surname is most common in Utah, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Montana, Massachusetts and New Mexico. Forebears identify the Garfield last name in England as being most common in Worcestershire (551st most common last name), followed by Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire, and Warwickshire. In the United States, Garfield is most common in Utah, Montana, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine. Interestingly, the Garfield surname is also fairly common in Jamaica and Taiwan. Famous People with the GARFIELD Surname James A. Garfield - 20th president of the United StatesAndrew Garfield - American actorHenry Garfield - birth name of American artist and musician Henry RollinsJason Garfield - juggler; founder of the World Juggling FederationRichard Garfield - creator of the game Magic: The GatheringEugene Garfield - American scientist Genealogy Resources for the Surname GARFIELD Meanings of Common English SurnamesUncover the meaning of your English last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common English surnames. Garfield Family Crest - It's Not What You ThinkContrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Garfield family crest or coat of arms for the Garfield surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. GARFIELD Family Genealogy ForumThis free message board is focused on descendants of Garfield ancestors around the world. Search or browse the archives to find messages related to your Garfield ancestry, or join the group to post your own Garfield query. FamilySearch - GARFIELD GenealogyExplore over 100,000 results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Garfield surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. GARFIELD Surname Mailing ListA free mailing list is available for researchers of the Garfield surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archive of past messages. GeneaNet - Garfield RecordsGeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Garfield surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries. The Garfield Genealogy and Family Tree PageBrowse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Garfield surname from the website of Genealogy Today. Ancestry of James Garfield, 20th U.S. PresidentExplore the ancestry of President Garfield, including his ancestors, descendants, and famous kin. References: Surname Meanings & Origins Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998. Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003. Hanks, Patrick, and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989. Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003. Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997. Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.