Faithfull History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Faithfull family

The surname Faithfull was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. 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 1389 when William Feyth was recorded as a taxpayer.

Early History of the Faithfull family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faithfull research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1616, 1691, 1616, 1656, 1701 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Faithfull History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faithfull Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Faithfull were recorded, including Faith, Faithful, Faithfull, Feyth, Feythfull, Feythful, Fathe, Fath and many more.

Early Notables of the Faithfull family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Faithorne, the Elder (1616-1691), English engraver and portrait-painter, born in London in 1616. His eldest son, William Faithorne, the Younger (1656-1701?), was a...
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United States Faithfull migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Faithfull family emigrate to North America:

Faithfull Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Leonard Faithfull, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1896
Faithfull Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lizzie E. Faithfull, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Doris Faithfull, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914
  • Agnes Faithfull, aged 53, who landed in America from London, England, in 1916
  • Edgar Clapton Faithfull, aged 44, who landed in America from Wimbledon, England, in 1919
  • Reginald Gibbon Faithfull, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Sydney, Australia, in 1919

New Zealand Faithfull 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:

Faithfull Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Irene Faithfull, aged 18, a housemaid, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Emily H. Faithfull, aged 40, a cook, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Norman Faithfull, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Edith Faithfull, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Rueben Faithfull, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Faithfull (post 1700) +

  • Valentine Grantham Faithfull (1820-1894), English clergyman and a cricketer who played first-class cricket for Cambridge University in 1841
  • Lilian Mary Faithfull CBE (1865-1952), English teacher, headmistress, women's rights advocate, one of the "Steamboat ladies" who fought for the right for women to gain university education
  • Emily Faithfull (1835-1895), English women's rights activist, and publisher, founder of The Victoria Press
  • Marianne Faithfull (b. 1946), English singer, songwriter and actress from Hampstead, London; she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with the Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and co-wrote Sister Morphine
  • Lucy Faithfull OBE (1910-1996), Baroness Faithfull, South African-born, British social worker
  • Ferdinand Faithfull Begg FRSE (1847-1926), Scottish stockbroker and Unionist politician, Senior Partner of Faithfull Begg & Co Stockbrokers in London (1887-1913), Member of Parliament for Glasgow St Rollox (1895-1900)


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