Fearnside History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Fearnside family
The surname Fearnside was first found in Lancashire 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 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Fearnside family
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Fearnside Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fearnside family name include Fearnside, Fernside, Fernsid, Fearneside, Ferneside, Fearnsyde, Fernsyde, Farnside, Farsyde, Fernfold, Fernefold, Fearnfold, Fernwold and many more.
Early Notables of the Fearnside family (pre 1700)
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Fearnside migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Fearnside Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joshua Fearnside, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Fearnside (post 1700) +
- F. J. Fearnside, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1912 
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