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Where did the English Fauntleroy family come from? What is the English Fauntleroy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fauntleroy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fauntleroy family history?

The name Fauntleroy is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Fauntleroy was a Norman name used for a defender of the king. Less a nickname than a motto adopted as a name, Fontleroy translates roughly from the Old French as defend the king. The motto would have been rendered Defendez le Roi in French.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Fontleroy, Fauntleroy, Fautleroy, Fantlaroy and many more.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fauntleroy research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fauntleroy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fauntleroy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Fauntleroy name or one of its variants: James Fontleroy who settled in Boston in 1679; R. Fontleroy settled in Carolina in 1872.

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  • Henry Fauntleroy (1784-1824), English banker
  • William Fauntleroy, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford 1509
  • William H Fauntleroy (b. 1814), Alamo defender born in Logan County, Kentucky


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  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Fauntleroy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fauntleroy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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