This page is dedicated to the history of the branch of the Scorfield family from Whitby, North Yorkshire.

The Sco(u)rfield name is relatively unusual, and may derive from Viking roots. By 1881, the principal concentration of the name was in south-west Wales, with around half of all occurrences, almost entirely of the Scourfield variant, centred on the area around Pembrokeshire. However, there appears to have been a secondary concentration on the north-east coast of England in Northumberland and Durham, with the Scorfield and Scurfield variants most strongly represented here. This is probably the origin of the branches of the name which surfaced in North Yorkshire.

Joseph Scourfield was born around 1714-15, possibly in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and married Hannah Stephenson there in 1738. Their descendants flourished in the area down to the 19th century, and an outline of their descendant tree and the connections of the various researchers is attached.

Sergei Scurfield's ancestors emigrated from County Durham to Manitoba, Canada in the late 19th century, and he has extensively researched the Scurfield name in the area.

Jane McNinch is interested in the family of Joseph Scorfield (1812 North Shields - 1900) who married Elizabeth Scafe.


Anyone interested in further details of this branch of the Scorfield family, or who is able to provide additional details relevant to this branch, is invited to contact the coordinator for this page Ian Hall.


This page was last updated 16 May 2007