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Early Origins of the Fath family

The surname Fath 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 Fath family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fath 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 Fath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fath 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 Fath 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 Fath include: Faith, Faithful, Faithfull, Feyth, Feythfull, Feythful, Fathe, Fath and many more.

Early Notables of the Fath 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 Fath migration to the United States +

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 Fath or a variant listed above:

Fath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinrick Fath, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Mr. Jacob Fath, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1845 aboard the ship "Neptune"
  • George P Fath, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [1]
  • Adam Fath, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • Barbara Fath, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1894
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Fath Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elisabetha Fath, aged 53, who landed in America from Germany, in 1906

Contemporary Notables of the name Fath (post 1700) +

  • Michael André Fath (b. 1952), American guitarist and record producer
  • Farah LeeAllen Fath (b. 1984), American soap opera actress
  • Sebastien Fath (b. 1968), French professional historian
  • Jacques Fath (1912-1954), French fashion designer
  • Helmut Fath (1929-1993), German sidecar racer and engineer

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook