The Fauntelroy family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans
that came to England
following their Conquest of England
in 1066. The Fauntelroy name reveals that an early member was a defender of the king.
Less a nickname
than a motto adopted as a name, Fontleroy translates roughly from the Old French as defend the king.
The motto would have been rendered Defendez le Roi
Early Origins of the Fauntelroy family
The surname Fauntelroy was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fauntelroy family
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Fauntelroy Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fauntelroy family name include Fontleroy, Fauntleroy, Fautleroy, Fantlaroy and many more.
Early Notables of the Fauntelroy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fauntelroy family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Fauntelroy family to immigrate North America: James Fontleroy who settled in Boston in 1679; R. Fontleroy settled in Carolina in 1872.