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Early Origins of the Farningham family

The surname Farningham was first found in Kent at Farningham, a parish, in the union of Dartford, hundred of Axton, Dartford, and Wilmington, lathe of Sutton-atHone. "This parish, anciently called Fremingham, signifying 'the village by the brook,' is situated upon the road from London to Maidstone, and on the river Darent." [1]

Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Farningham, Ansgot a Norman noble who held his lands from the Archbishop of Canterbury who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls lists: Ralph de Ferningham, Kent, 1273. [3]

Early History of the Farningham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farningham research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1512, 1537, 1512, 1530, 1533, 1530, 1534 and 1537 are included under the topic Early Farningham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farningham Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Farmingham, Farningham, Framlingham, Farminham, Farinham, Fremlin, Framyngham and many more.

Early Notables of the Farningham family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Framyngham (1512-1537), English author, born in February 1512 at Norwich, and educated at the grammar school there. "He proceeded B.A...
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Migration of the Farningham family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Farningham or a variant listed above: William D. Fremlin, who arrived in Ontario in 1871; and William Framlingham, who settled in Ontario in 1871.



  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  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)


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