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Where did the Irish Fitzharris family come from? What is the Irish Fitzharris family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fitzharris family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fitzharris family history?The Strongbownian invaders added their Norman conventions for surnames to the previously established Irish system for hereditary surnames. One of the most frequent forms of surnames for both cultures was the patronymic surname, which was formed from the name of the bearer's father or grandfather. The Norman tradition that the followers of Strongbow brought with them created such a surname through diminutive suffixes such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el." Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in." The Normans also formed patronymic surnames in a manner very similar to the Irish: they added a prefix to their father's name. These Anglo-Norman people, however, used the prefix "Fitz-," which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius," which both mean "son." Although this prefix probably originated in Flanders or Normandy, it can now only be found in Ireland. The surname Fitzharris is derived from the personal name Henry, which was brought by the Normans into England and then Ireland. This name is composed of the elements "haim" or "heim," which mean "home," and "ric," which means "power." Harris was a patronymic form of Henry. The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic prefix fitz, which means son of in Anglo-French. This is derived from the Old French word "fils," which ultimately comes from the Latin word "filius." The Gaelic form of the surname Fitzharris is Mac Éinri.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Fitzhenry, Fitz Harris and others.
First found in County Wexford, where they were granted lands by Strongbow on his invasion of Ireland in 1172. Fitz Harris Castle is a medieval castle located near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England and dates back to 1071-1084, shortly after the Norman Conquest. It is thought that the Norman knight Owen built the castle which formed a motte, 78 ft by 68 ft across, protected by a stream that flowed around the motte producing a moat. A keep remained on this site until about 1247. Today, remains of the castle is owned by the local authorities but access is restricted to protect erosion from visitors.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fitzharris Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Fitzharris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitzharris 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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