Fellows History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Fellows is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a friend or comrade. The surname Fellows 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.

"Besides its more proper meaning of ' companion,' the word Fellow is used in some dialects to signify a young unmarried man, or a servant engaged in husbandry. Chaucer uses the phrase 'a proper felawe' to denote a well-formed young man." [1]

Early Origins of the Fellows family

The surname Fellows was first found in Huntingdon. However another branch of the family was later found at Shotesham in Norfolk. "Shotesham Park, the seat of Robert Fellowes, Esq., is a handsome mansion, erected by the late Mr. Fellowes, near the site of the ancient Hall, which was surrounded with a moat. " [2]

Walter Felagh was one of the first records of the family. He was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1256. Robert le Felagh was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [3] John Felagh was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III.) [4]

Important Dates for the Fellows family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fellows research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1820 and 1910 are included under the topic Early Fellows History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fellows Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Fellows has appeared include Fellow, Fellows, Fellowes, Felloe and others.

Early Notables of the Fellows family (pre 1700)

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Fellows migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fellows arrived in North America very early:

Fellows Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Fellows, who settled in Connecticut in 1630
  • Samuel Fellows, who landed in New England in 1645 [5]
Fellows Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Fellows, who landed in New England in 1711 [5]
  • Ambrose Fellows, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [5]
  • Abraham and Ann Fellows, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1765
Fellows Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Caleb Fellows, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • P Fellows, aged 35, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1837 [5]
  • A M Fellows, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • C Fellows, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • G Fellows, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fellows migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fellows Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Fellows, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Charles Fellows, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849 [7]
  • George J. Fellows, aged 32, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [8]

Fellows migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fellows Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H. Fellows, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballarat" in 1867

Contemporary Notables of the name Fellows (post 1700)

  • Mike Fellows (b. 1965), American musician
  • Michael Fellows (b. 1952), American academic
  • Robert Fellows (1903-1969), American film producer
  • Michael Charles "'Mike" Fellows (1957-2016), American politician and former Army reservist
  • John R. Fellows (1832-1896), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Walter Fellows (1834-1901), English cricketer
  • Stewart Fellows (b. 1948), English professional footballer
  • Harvey Fellows (1826-1907), English cricketer
  • Charlie Fellows (b. 1988), English rugby union player
  • Graham Fellows, English comedy actor and musician
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ANNA MARIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AnnaMaria.htm
  8. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
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