Last name: Buttfield
Recorded in several spelling forms including Bodfield, Botfeild, Botfield, Buttfield, Budfield and Badfield, this is believed to be an English locational surname. In County Durham there is a village called Buttsfield, which means the "field where the archery butts were placed". Whether the surname actually originated from this village is not proven, as it is not recorded in the county in any spelling. This in itself is not unusual in that locational surnames by their very nature were "from" names, that is given to people after they moved to another place. It was in ancient times, and to some extent remains so in the 20th century, that the easiest way to identify a "stranger" was to call him or her by the name of the place from whence they came. Archery was the national sport of the Middle Ages, proficiency being necessary both for military service, and in many cases, hunting for survival. Until the Elizabethan times archery had to be practised every Sunday by able bodied men, hence "the butts field". Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving church registers include Johm Botfield, a witness at St Brides church, Fleet Street, London, on September 10th 1682, and Mary Bodfield, who married William Davies at the same church, on August 3rd 1731. The first known recording is probably that of Agnes Butfeild, who married Richard Babbington, at St Gregory's by St. Pauls, city of London, on June 28th 1573.
Simon BUTFEILD is the earliest BUTTFIELD on this site. He was born around 1620 and possibly resided in Bedfordshire. His eldest son John was born in 1654 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, and was married to Alicia PITCHFORKE.
Last name: Perigoe
This unusual and interesting surname is of Old French origin, and is either from a regional surname from the province of Perigord in south-west France, or from a locational surname from Perigueux, the capital town of Perigord. Both placenames are derived from the Greek "peri", meaning around, near, or about, and in this case meaning settlement, and the French "gord", meaning fish weir, from the Gaulish "gorto"; hence "settlement by the fish weir". The surname may have been introduced into Britain by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. The surname development since 1554 (see below) includes: Gilbert Perrygo (1560, Sussex); Pietro Perego (1577, Milano, Italy); Angela Perego (1606, Milano, Italy); and Mary Parago (1667, London). The modern surname is found recorded variously as Perigo, Perigeaux, Per(r)ygo, Perigoe, Perago and Perego, in France, Italy and Britain, and is particularly well recorded in Sussex; Nicholas, son of Symon Perigo, was christened on September 30th 1582 at Crowhurst, and Stephen Perigo married Margery Sparrow on July 26th 1685 at St. Clement's, Hastings. The marriage was recorded in France of Jeanne Perigo and Charle Jeangoult on January 11th 1707 at Meurthe-Et-Moselle, Gugney-Sous- Vaudemont. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Wyllm Perago, which was dated December 8th 1554, christened at Horsham, Sussex, during the reign of Queen Mary, known as "Bloody Mary", 1553 - 1558. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax.
Legend has it the Perigo family can be traced back to the Count of Perigord and the city of Perigueux, in the historic Province of Guyenne, in South Western France. Due to the considerable distance and the great difficulty in overland travel to Paris, in contrast to the ease of river and sea travel, the citizens of Perigord developed a close affiliation with the English. As a result, during the Hundred Years War between the English and the French, which commenced in 1337, the ruling Count of Perigord took the side of the English. The Count and his forces fought valiantly alongside Prince Edward(the black prince), the leader of theEnglish focred, and son of King Edward III, against the French King Phillip.
In July 1399, the war in the region of Perigord, and Perigueux swung in favour of the french king. As a consequence Archambault VI, the then count of Perigord, was deposed and forced to flee to England. Archambault and his family were given sanctuary and an estate in Kent, England. The family regarded as traitors for their alliance with the English, never returned to France. It is believed that the Perigoe branch of the family is directly descended from Count Archambault VI, who was Comte De Perigord in 1399.
Little is known about the earliest Perigo (e) on this site. His name was John Perigoe and he was born about 1777. He was living in the parish of Winchelsea, Sussex at the time of his marriage in 1801, to Henrietta JENKINS. His occupation was a labourer. John died relatively young (about 45 years old), 9/9/1822, and is buried in Winchelsea parish churchyard.
THOSE WHO DIED IN WORLD WARS:
BUTTFIELD, Alfred James (1893-11/4/1917) Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Arras France. BUTTFIELD, Blinman Vincent (1898-13/7/1917) Private, A.I.F. Ypres, Belgium. BUTTFIELD, Edwin Henry Frederick (1912-30/8/1940), Leading Aircraftman, R.A.F. London. WWII BUTTFIELD, John William (1893-5/2/1915) Private, Sherwood Foresters. Western Front, France. BUTTFIELD, Spencer Norman (1893-31/5/1916) Private, A.I.F. Normandy, France. BUTTFIELD, William Saunders (1916-7/4/1945) 1st Lieutenant, US Army. WWII. COOKE, Thomas Whittle (1887-22/3/1916) Lance Corporal, Northamptonshire Regiment. Loos France. CORCORAN, James (1912-3/10/1943) Lance Serjeant, Royal Artillery, Bari, Italy. CORCORAN, Martin 1883-27/5/1916) Lance Corporal, Durham Light Infantry, France. CORCORAN, Michael(1886-1918) Corporal, Durham Light Infantry, Wounded, Died 2 years later. CRAIGHEAD, Peter Foote (1888-9/4/1917) Private, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, Tees Trench, France. DUNN, Thomas Beli (10/7/1916), Private, Cameron Highlanders, Somme, France. EABORN, William Charles (1891-15/6/1918) Private, Worcestershire Regiment, Battle of Assiago, It Italy.
EKIN-SMITH, Ralph Raymond (1875-3/9/1916)Captain, A.I.F , Bouzincourt, France. HODSON, Geoffrey Norman (1894-7/10/1917)Private, 1st King Edward's Horse. Flanders. HOGAN, John (1884-24/6/1917) Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery, Belgium. KELLY, Thomas Henry (1900-7/6/1917), Private, A.I.F 47th Bn, Ypres, Belgium. RYAN, Hugh Robert Vincent (1897-21/9/1918), Private, A.I.F. Hargicourt, France. RYAN, John Bede Harold (1916 -10/2/1942), Private, A.I.F. Singapore. SMAILES, George Oswald, (1876-28/3/1916), Engineman, British Naval Reserve, Off coast Dover. STANLEY, Joseph (1888-8/5/1915) Private, Northumberland Fuliliers, France. WOOLLETT, Cecil Alfred (1901-29/6/1943), Flight Lieutenant, RAF, England. WWII .........................................