Origins of Sarsfield:
This unusual surname can be considered as being an Irish name as documentation of a similar record dates back as early as the 12th Century. However, the de in the recording of Williemus de Sharisfeld (1252) which develops in the Pipe Rolls of Cloyne, Co. Cork, shows that it may be a geographical name from a place in England, probably one of the expected seven to ten thousand lost hamlets and villages which vanished from maps in Britain. Required clearing of old residents to make way for sheep meadows in the 14th Century and also the Black Death of 1345, were the prime causes of these departures. Members of the family settled in districts Cork, Limerick, and Dublin. Documentation contains one Mary Sarsfield who married William Fanshaw in September 1675, at St. Mary - St., Marlebone Road, St. Marylebone, London. Elizabeth Sarsfield married Thomas Goodson in September 1687, at St. James Dukes Place, London, and Ignations Sarsfield married Jane White at St. Michan, Dublin in January 1697. Patrick Sarsfield received from James II command of the Irish troops in England and followed the King to Ireland in 1689. He fought at the Boyne in 1690.
More common variations are: Sarsefield, Saresfield, Sarsfeld, Sarsfeild, Sarsfiled, Sarcefield, Sorcefield
The origins of the surname Sarsfield appeared in Cheshire where people held a family seat from old times. Some say better before the invasion of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings 1066 A.D.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Thomas de Sarsfield, dated about 1172. It was during the time of King Henry II who was known to be the “The Builder of Churches," dated 1154 - 1189. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling variations of the original one.
Many of the people with surname Sarsfield had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Sarsfield landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Sarsfield who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included Will Sarsfield settled in Georgia in 1734.
The following century saw more Sarsfield surnames come. Some of the people with the surname Sarsfield who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Monarch Sarsfield came in Philadelphia in 1871.
People with the surname Sarsfield settled in Canada in two different centuries respectively in 18th and 19th Some of the individuals with the surname Sarsfield who came to Canada in the 18th century included Garrett Sarsfield, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749.
The following century saw more Sarsfield surnames arrive. People with the surname Sarsfield who settled in Canada in the 19th century included Patrick Sarsfield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1838. Bridget Sarsfield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1839.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Sarsfield: United States 1,031; England 618; Argentina 328; Ireland 186; Canada 185; Portugal 120; Australia 41; Scotland 26; New Zealand 26; Spain 8
Catalina Sarsfield was a Franco-Irish Jacobite and wife of Theodore of Corsica
Dalmacio Vélez Sársfield was an Argentine politician.
David Sarsfield (died 1710), was an Irish Jacobite.
Eugene S. Sarsfield (April 1902–July 1943) was an officer of the United States Navy during World War II.
Francis Sarsfield was an Irish attorney of the 17th century.
James Sarsfield, 2nd Earl of Lucan (1693-1718), was a Franco-Irish Jacobite.
Mairuth Sarsfield was a famous writer.
Patrick Sarsfield, 1st Earl of Lucan (c. 1660–1693), was an Irish Jacobite officer.
Pedro Sarsfield (d 1837), was a Spanish officer of the Peninsular War and First Carlist War.
Peter Sarsfield was an Irish landowner of the 17th century.
William Sarsfield was an Irish public director of the 16th century.
William Sarsfield (died 1675), was an Irish landholder.