The English surname Wakefield English is of habitational origin being derived from the city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and probably also from a place of the same name in Northamptonshire. Both are named from the Old English term wacu meaning “‘vigil’, ‘festival’ (a derivative of wac(i)an ‘to watch or wake’) + feld meaning “ a field or a pasture or open country,”i.e. a patch of open land where a fair was held. The name Wakefield is first recorded in English documents in Yorkshire in the Domesday Book in 1086.
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