Neufeld (Neufeldt, Nifeld, Nyfelt, Neuenfeld, Nieufelt, Newfield) family
Neufeld, a Mennonite family name, appeared for the first time in the Danzig Mennonite church records in 1694. According to Reimer, the name originally referred to land reclaimed from the sea. The name was common among the Mennonite congregations of Danzig, Prussia and Russia, from where it spread to the United States, Canada and South America. The Universal Biography lists two teachers of philosophy at Danzig: George H. Neufeld (d. 1673) and Konrad N. Neufeld (d. 1656), both sons of George N. Neufeld. C. Henry Smith refers to a 1912 study of Mennonite names in Prussia, which lists 161 Neufelds.
Among the Mennonites of Russia the name Neufeld was very common. A. A. Neufeld was an outstanding educator. Peter Neufeld was elder of the Chortitza Mennonite Church. Isaak Neufeld of Waldheim, Molotschna was a manufacturer of agricultural machinery. David P. Neufeld, son of Peter Neufeld, a minister of the Ohrloff Mennonite Church, was an educator. Gerhard J. Neufeld was a physician at Davlekanovo, Ufa. Wilhelm P. Neufeld was minister of the Schönsee Mennonite Church and perished in exile. Heinrich D. Neufeld, founder of the secondary school at Ohrloff, Zagradovka, was murdered by the Makhno bandits. Cornelius G. Neufeld, an educator, died in Shafter, CA.
The name has been found quite frequently in central Kansas, where Mennonites from Russia settled in 1874 and the years following. As of 1957, 61 of the 330 members of the Bethel Mennonite Church of Inman, KS were Neufelds. The name appeared more frequently than any other in the Inman telephone directory, 29 times in all. The name is also found in other places. The General Conference Handbook of Information of 1954 lists fifteen ministers by that name for Canada and six for the United States. There are twelve Neufelds listed in the Civilian Public Service Directory, nine from Kansas, two from California, and one from Oklahoma. G. B. Neufeld was a missionary in the Congo, and Jacob H. Neufeld was a missionary in the Chaco, Paraguay.
Who's Who Among the Mennonites (1943) lists the following: Harry Neufeld, missionary, Los Ebanos, Texas; Herman H. Neufeld, former editor and publisher of Mennonitische Rundschau; N.J. Neufeld, physician, Winnipeg; and Peter T. Neufeld, pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman, KS. Peter T. Neufeld's grandfather, Peter Neufeld, came to Kansas in 1875. The latter's grandfather, Hermann Neufeld, had immigrated to Russia from Prussia in 1803. Kornelius H. Neufeld, a musician, was another well-known member of the family. In 1952, J. G. Rempel listed the following General Conference ministers of Canada: A. Neufeld, New Westminster, BC; A. J. Neufeld, Lena, MB; B. G. Neufeld, Manitou, MB; Gerhard Neufeld, Oliver, BC; H. H. Neufeld, Abbotsford, BC; J. G. Neufeld, Didsbury, AB; J. H. Neufeld, Gem, AB; Johann Neufeld, Tofield, AB; Abram G. Neufeld, Whitewater, MB; Cornelius G. Neufeld (elder); David P. Neufeld; Gerhard G. Neufeld (elder).
The General Conference Mennonite Church Handbook of Information, 1954. Newton, KS: The General Conference Mennonite Church, 1954.
Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940.
Rempel, J. G. Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzebestrebungen, 1902-1952 I and II. Steinbach, MB, 1952.
Töws, A. A. Mennonitische Märtyrer I and II. N. Clearbrook, 1949 and 1954.
Warkentin, A. and Melvin Gingerich, eds. Who's Who Among the Mennonites. North Newton, KS: Bethel College Press, 1943.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 848-849. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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