England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Fauntleroy was a Norman name used for 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 in French.
Early Origins of the Fauntleroy family
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 Fauntleroy family
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Fauntleroy Spelling Variations
spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Fontleroy, Fauntleroy, Fautleroy, Fantlaroy and many more.
Early Notables of the Fauntleroy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fauntleroy family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Fauntleroy name or one of its variants: James Fontleroy who settled in Boston in 1679; R. Fontleroy settled in Carolina in 1872.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fauntleroy (post 1700)
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