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

The ancestors of the Follis family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Follis was a name given to a friend or comrade. The surname Follis originally derived from the Old English word Feolaza which affectionately meant "partner" or "shareholder." As a surname, it was likely taken on by a member of a trade guild.

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Follis has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Fellow, Fellows, Fellowes, Felloe and others.

First found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat from early times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Follis research. Another 295 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1820 is included under the topic Early Follis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Folliss to arrive on North American shores: William Felloe who arrived in New England in 1635; William Fellow arrived in Barbados in 1678; William and Samuel Fellowes arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1630.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Patientia et perseverantia cum magnanimitate
Motto Translation: Patience and perseverance with magnanimity.

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