Fastolphe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Fastolphe family
The surname Fastolphe was first found in Norfolk at the coastal town of Yarmouth (Great Yarmouth.) Fastolf was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and later in 1291, Alexander, and William Fastolf were listed in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk.  Thomas Fastolf of Reedham and Great Yarmouth was one of the first records of the name. He was father to Nicholas Fastolf (died 1330), an English judge who is generally thought to have been the first judge to hold the office of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland and Thomas Fastolf (Fastolfe) who died in 1361, an English canon lawyer and Bishop of St David's.
Important Dates for the Fastolphe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fastolphe research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1361, 1380 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Fastolphe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fastolphe 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 Fastolphe 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 Fastolphe include: Fastalf, Fastoff, Fastolf, Fastoff, Fastolfe and others.
Early Notables of the Fastolphe family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Fastolf of Caister-on-Sea; and his son, Sir John Fastolf KG (1380-1459), an English knight during the Hundred Years War, inspiration for Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff. For his efforts in France, he was...
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Migration of the Fastolphe 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 Fastolphe 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..
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)