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Where did the English Fawcett family come from? What is the English Fawcett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fawcett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fawcett family history?

The name Fawcett is derived from an ancient word meaning "fox on a hillside." Fa’side Castle, sometimes known as Fawside, Falside, Ffauside, Fauxside, or Fawsyde, is a 14th century Keep located in East Lothian, approximately 2 miles southwest of Tranent, and two miles southeast of Musselburgh. The castle dates to 1189, when the monks of Newbattle Abbey granted land to Saer de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester to build the castle on the site. Today the privately held castle still stands and includes a Bed and Breakfast for the weary traveler.

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The name Fawcett, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Fawcett, Fawsyde, Faucett, Fallcett, Fawcitt, Faucitt, Fawside and many more.

First found in East Lothian, at Fawsyde where one of the first records of the name was Aedmundus de Fayeside who witnessed the grant of Tranent church to Holyrood Abbey be Thos filius Swani (c. 1150.) More than a century later, Alan de Fausyde witnessed a grant by Peter de Grame to the Hospital of Soltre before 1238.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fawcett research. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1238, 1296, 1332, 1398, and 1548 are included under the topic Early Fawcett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fawcett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fawcett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Fawcett family, or who bore a variation of the surname Fawcett were

Fawcett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Adam Fawcett purchased land in Virginia in 1654
  • Adam Fawcett, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • John Fawcett, who landed in Maryland in 1657

Fawcett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Cath Fawcett, aged 21, landed in New Castle in 1804
  • Sarah Fawcett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1844
  • George Fawcett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Miles Fawcett, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849

Fawcett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Fawcett arrived in Nova Scotia with his wife Jane in 1774
  • Robert Fawcett, aged 30, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774

Fawcett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Fawcett, who landed in Prince Edward Island in 1817

Fawcett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Fawcett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838
  • James Fawcett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
  • Jane Fawcett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
  • Edward Fawcett, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan"
  • William Fawcett, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"


Fawcett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Fawcett landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • George Fawcett, aged 55, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Ann Fawcett, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Robert Fawcett, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • George Fawcett, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875


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  • Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009), American multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actress, best known for her role on the television series Charlie's Angels, in 1976
  • Joy Fawcett (b. 1968), retired American soccer player
  • Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE (1847-1929), English suffragist
  • Percy Harrison Fawcett (1867-1925), English explorer
  • Joan Mary Fawcett (1937-2015), Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 1995
  • Mr. William Wright Fawcett, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • James Fawcett, President of the European Commission of Human Rights
  • Colin Fawcett, Scottish member of the Queen's Council
  • Henry Fawcett, British Economist
  • right Honorable Henry Fawcett (1833-1884), British political economist


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The Fawcett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fawcett 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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