Early Origins of the Fentone family
The surname Fentone was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
. From early times, the Fentons of lords of Dirleton held the barony of Fenton in East Lothian
. One of the earliest recorded instances of the name is of John de Fenton, who was Sheriff of Forfar in 1261.
Early History of the Fentone family
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Early Notables of the Fentone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fentone family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Grace Fenton, who was on record in Virginia in 1720; Alexander Fenton, who settled in Antigua (Antego) in 1738; James Fenton, who was on record in Florida in 1767.
The Fentone Motto
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: Per Ardua Surgo
Motto Translation: I rise above adversity
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