Fairwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Fairwin family
The surname Fairwin was first found in Warwickshire. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1212 by Robert Hanlee who held lands in that area at that time. Farway, Devon is another possible origin of the surname as Farway dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Farewai and probably meant "place at the road way" from the Old English words faer + weg.  At that time, Farway was held by the Bishop of Coutances and had enough land for four ploughs. It had 5 acres of meadows and 40 acres of pasture land. 
Early History of the Fairwin family
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Fairwin Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Fairwin are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Fairwin include: Fairway, Fairwin, Fairxwood, Fairwyn and others.
Early Notables of the Fairwin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairwin family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fairwin or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)