The surname Whitfield has been around since the middle ages. During the time of the British Empire the surname spread with the colonies to areas of America, Asia, India and Australia.
Whitfield is the 1171st most popular surname in the UK. World wide there are around 120495 people with this name. It is noted that an early 18th century Whitfield could out drink a Tiger. In 1853 a person named Frank Whitfield was jailed for misbehaviour.