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

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Fitler are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Fitler include: Fitter, Fitler, Fiter and others.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitler research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1455, 1487, 1628 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Fitler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fitler or a variant listed above:

Fitler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Philip Fitler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

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  • Edwin Henry Fitler (1825-1896), Pennsylvania manufacturer and politician


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