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

Fitznorman is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Fitznorman family lived in Gloucestershire. Their name, however, is of Norman derivation, and refers to the proximity of their former place of residence to the sea. Fitznorman is a latter variation of the earlier local surname de la Mare, which literally translates as of the sea, or from the sea.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Delamere, Delamare, DeleMere, DelaMare, Delemare, Delamare, Delamere, Delemare, DeLaMar, DeLaMarre, DeLaMaior, FitzNorman, Fitznorman, Delamore, Dalamaire, Delamar, Delamare, Delmore, Lamere, MacHerbert and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire where Guillaume (William) de La Mare was a tenant in Chief of lands in both this county and in Herefordshire. He also held lands in 1086 A.D. in Wiltshire and Hertfordshire as a sub tenant under the name William de La Mare. He held many lordships. He came from Lamare at St. Opportune in the arrondisement of Pont Audemer in Normandy where his castle was built on piles on the border of the lake. He was sometimes called William FitzNorman and was the scion of that family name.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitznorman research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1294 are included under the topic Early Fitznorman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 175 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitznorman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fitznorman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fitznorman or a variant listed above: Joseph Delamore who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1821; G. Delamare settled in New Orleans La. in 1822; John Delamaire settled in Maryland in 1674.

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