Faircloth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Faircloth family

The surname Faircloth was first found in Lancashire, where Simon de ffairclogh (note the double "f" and the lower case last name) was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332. The name literally means 'dweller in the fair hollow' from the Middle English (clo(u)gh). [1]

Unfortunately, from this early reference, we must move the 16th century to find the next. "Fairclough has long been, and is still a Liverpool name. Thomas Fayerclough was mayor of Liverpool in 1544. There was a gentle family of Fairclough of Fairclough Hall, Herts, in the 17th century." [2] William Fayercliffe and Robert Fayredought were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1568. Later, John Fayercloth was also listed in Suffolk in 1629. [1]

The Wills at Chester listed John Fairelough of Upholland in 1583. [3]

Interestingly, the Featley variant arose from Daniel Fairclough (1582-1645) who changed his name for unknown reasons and was the progenitor of that branch of the family. [4]

Early History of the Faircloth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faircloth research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1700, 1594, 1677, 1625, 1691, 1662, 1621 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Faircloth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faircloth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fairclough, Faircloth, Faircliff, Faircluff and many more.

Early Notables of the Faircloth family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Samuel Fairclough (1594-1677), an English nonconformist divine from Haverhill, Suffolk. He was the youngest of the four sons of Lawrence Fairclough, vicar of Haverhill, by his wife Mary, daughter of John Cole of that town. His second son, Samuel Fairclough...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Faircloth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Faircloth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Faircloth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Faircloth, who settled in Barbados in 1717
Faircloth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Faircloth, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1868
  • F. N. Faircloth, aged 52, who immigrated to America, in 1893
  • Frederick M. Faircloth, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1896
Faircloth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lucy Faircloth, aged 28, who settled in America from Kent, England, in 1907
  • Alfred Geo. Faircloth, aged 24, who settled in America from Sidcup, England, in 1910
  • Alfred George Faircloth, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914
  • Bertha Faircloth, aged 62, who landed in America from Sidcup, England, in 1920
  • R. K. Faircloth, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Faircloth migration to Australia +

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

Faircloth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mycom Faircloth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Faircloth (post 1700) +

  • Jean Marie Faircloth (1898-2000), birth name of Jean Marie Faircloth MacArthur, the second wife of U.S. Army General of the Army Douglas MacArthur
  • Arthur Terman "Art" Faircloth (1921-2010), American football player who played two seasons with the New York Giants (1947-1948)
  • Earl Faircloth (1920-1995), American politician and lawyer, Attorney General of Florida (1965-1971)
  • Sean Faircloth (b. 1960), American writer and politician, Member of the Maine House of Representatives from the 17th / 117th district (2002-2008), Member of the Maine Senate from the 9th district (1994-1996)
  • Jimmy Ray Faircloth Jr., (b. 1964), American attorney, executive counsel to former Republican Governor Bobby Jindal
  • Francis Marion "Frank" Faircloth (1820-1900), American naval officer who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War
  • Joseph A. "John" Faircloth, American politician, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 61st district (2011-)
  • Wayne Faircloth (b. 1953), American insurance agent and politician, Member of the Texas House of Representatives from the 23rd district (2015-)
  • Larry Victor Faircloth (b. 1948), American Republican politician from the state of West Virginia
  • James Lamar "Rags" Faircloth (1892-1953), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1919 season
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm


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