The surname Fanthorpe was first found in Lincolnshire 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 1202 when John of Fenforth held estates in that shire.
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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Fanthorpe 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 Fanthorpe include: Fanthorp, Fanthorpe, Fanthrop, Fanthropp, Fenthorp, Fenthrop, Fenthropp and many more.
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 Fanthorpe or a variant listed above:
Fanthorpe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Ethel Fanthorpe, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Hull, England, in 1910
Fred Fanthorpe, aged 29, who landed in America from Hull, England, in 1910
Francis Mary Fanthorpe, aged 31, who immigrated to America from Manchester, England, in 1913
Mary Francis Fanthorpe, aged 33, who settled in Groton, Massachusetts, in 1915
Frances M. Fanthorpe, aged 40, who immigrated to New York, U.S.A, in 1922