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

The name Phetteplace is of local origin originally found in Oxfordshire and Nottinghamshire. The original Fettiplace is said to have been Gentleman-usher to William the Conqueror.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Phetteplace family name include Fettiplace, Fetiplace, Feteplace, Ffetiplace, Phetiplace, Phetteplace and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where one of the earliest records was of Adam Feteplace, Mayor of Oxford in 1245. A Walter Feteplece was also recorded around the same time in that area. Sir Phillip Fettiplace (1220-1302), purchased the manor of North Denchworth from Ralph de Cameys in 1263. The name was most numerous in Swinbrook, where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Swinbrook, held by Geoffrey who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary in Swinbrook dates from about 1200 and is noted for its 17th century Fettiplace monuments. There is a distinct branch of the family found in Nottinghamshire from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phetteplace research. Another 385 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1397, 1442, 1623, 1672, 1095, 1412, 1480, 1556, 1557, 1504, 1575, 1601, 1603, 1495, 1549, 1539, 1568, 1577, 1583, 1658, 1626 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Phetteplace History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phetteplace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Phetteplace family to immigrate North America: Gyles Fettyplace, who arrived in Virginia in 1663; and Thomas Fettplace who arrived in Maryland in 1653.

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