According to information I received some time ago the information regarding the name Rayfield is as follows. "Olde English", locational, unusual, pre 10th century & means, "Thee dweller by thee Water Meadow" derived from the phrase 'atter-ee-feld'. The first recorded spelling of the name is of a James Reyfield dated 1597 in the Subsiduary Rolls of Sussex, England. All the above follows research carried out by The Name Origin Research, UK Sales, 137-139 St.Marychurch Road, Torquay, Devon, England. My branch of the family goes back to about the 1760's in Clerkenwell, London where they seem to have been involved in clock & watch repairs, printing or portering.