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This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name deriving chiefly from the city of Sheffield in Yorkshire, which was recorded as "Scafeld" in the Domesday Book of 1086. This city derives its name from the river Sheaf, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "sceath", boundary, plus "feld", a field or open country. The surname may also have derived from any of the minor places of the name in Sussex ("Sifelle" in the Domesday Book), composed of the Olde English elements "sceap, scip", sheep, plus "feld"; and in Berkshire ("Sewelle", in the Domesday Book), from the Olde English elements "sceo", shelter, and "feld".

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