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

The name Fawcett is derived from an ancient word meaning "fox on a hillside." Fa’side Castle, sometimes known as Fawside, Falside, Ffauside, Fauxside, or Fawsyde, is a 14th century Keep located in East Lothian, approximately 2 miles southwest of Tranent, and two miles southeast of Musselburgh. The castle dates to 1189, when the monks of Newbattle Abbey granted land to Saer de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester to build the castle on the site. Today the privately held castle still stands and includes a Bed and Breakfast for the weary traveler.


The name Fawcett, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Fawcett, Fawsyde, Faucett, Fallcett, Fawcitt, Faucitt, Fawside and many more.

First found in East Lothian, at Fawsyde where one of the first records of the name was Aedmundus de Fayeside who witnessed the grant of Tranent church to Holyrood Abbey be Thos filius Swani (c. 1150.) More than a century later, Alan de Fausyde witnessed a grant by Peter de Grame to the Hospital of Soltre before 1238.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fawcett research. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1238, 1296, 1332, 1398, and 1548 are included under the topic Early Fawcett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Fawcett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Fawcett family, or who bore a variation of the surname Fawcett were

Fawcett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Adam Fawcett purchased land in Virginia in 1654
  • Adam Fawcett, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • John Fawcett, who landed in Maryland in 1657

Fawcett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Cath Fawcett, aged 21, landed in New Castle in 1804
  • Sarah Fawcett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1844
  • George Fawcett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Miles Fawcett, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849


  • Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009), American multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actress, best known for her role on the television series Charlie's Angels, in 1976
  • Joy Fawcett (b. 1968), retired American soccer player
  • Percy Harrison Fawcett (1867-1925), English explorer
  • Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE (1847-1929), English suffragist
  • Henry Fawcett, British Economist
  • Colin Fawcett, Scottish member of the Queen's Council
  • James Fawcett, President of the European Commission of Human Rights
  • right Honorable Henry Fawcett (1833-1884), British political economist


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The Fawcett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fawcett 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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