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The surname Fate was first found in Yorkshire 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 1208 when Nisant Fadmore held lands.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Fate have been found, including Fadmore, Fadmoor, Fatmore, Fadley, Fadeley, Fatemore, Fademoor, Fademore, Fadirle and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fate research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Fate History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Fate, or a variant listed above:

Fate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robt Fate, who arrived in Virginia in 1638

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  • Hugh Fate, American Republican politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 33rd District, 2001
  • George Fate, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1944


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  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Fate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fate Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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