Faught History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Faught thought to be of Norman heritage. It is a name for a person who was a strong, brave, or hardy person as the name was originally derived from the Old French fort, which meant strong. Another derivation suggests that the name is a local surname and it indicates that its bearer lived near a fortress or stronghold. The former is more common, but time has confused the two derivations and etymologists now disagree on which is appropriate in a given instance.
Early Origins of the Faught family
The surname Faught was first found in Lancashire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were Lords of the manor of this estate. They are believed to be descended from the Norman noble, William de Fortibus, Earl of Albemarle, who married Isobel, Countess of Devon. This line eventually became Earls of Lancaster, and conjecturally the junior lines assumed the name Forte.
Early History of the Faught family
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Faught Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Fort, Forte, Forts, Fortes, Foort, Foorte and many more.
Early Notables of the Faught family (pre 1700)
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Faught migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Faught or a variant listed above were:
Faught Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G. N. Faught, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Aller" from Bremen, Germany 
Faught Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William A. Faught, aged 70, originally from Chaloffetown, S.E.I., arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England 
- Herbert C. Faught, aged 51, destined for N.Y. City, arrived in New York in 1912 aboard the ship "Havana" from Havana, Cuba 
- Curley Faught, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Schoodic" from Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Faught migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Faught Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. George Faught U.E., "Fought" (b. 1740) born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1823 
Contemporary Notables of the name Faught (post 1700) +
- Josh Faught (b. 1979), American fiber artist
- Howard E. Faught (1907-1955), American politician and jurist, Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in 1950
- George Faught (b. 1962), American businessman and politician, Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (2007-2012)
- Robert Edward "Bob" Faught (1921-2002), American basketball player for the Cleveland Rebels of the Basketball Association of America (1946-1947)
- Mary Faught, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956, 1960 
- Clyde Faught, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1952 
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The Faught Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortis et audax
Motto Translation: Strong and brave
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J656-B53 : 6 December 2014), G. N. Faught, 22 Mar 1892; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Aller, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX2Q-FQ9 : 6 December 2014), William A. Faught, 28 Sep 1907; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ1G-M49 : 6 December 2014), Herbert C. Faught, 17 Dec 1912; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNFV-W2H : 6 December 2014), Curley Faught, 12 Aug 1923; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Schoodic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html