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The Anglo-Saxon name Feather comes from when the family resided in various places throughout England as the name is a metonymic occupational name for a trader in feathers or a maker of quilts and later pens.

Feather Early Origins



The surname Feather was first found in Sussex where Juliana Fethere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296. A few years later, Adam ffethir was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland.

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Feather Spelling Variations


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Feather Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Feather include Feathers, Feather, Fether, Fedder, Feder and others.

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Feather Early History


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Feather Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feather research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1282, 1275 and 1304 are included under the topic Early Feather History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Feather Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Feather Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Feather Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Feather Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Feather, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1759
  • Bernard Feather, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Feather Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B Feather, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Edith Feather, aged 10, who settled in America from Leeds, in 1899

Feather Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice Feather, aged 25, who landed in America from Bingley, England, in 1906
  • Elenda Feather, aged 15, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1908
  • Elsie Feather, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Bradford, England, in 1913
  • Briggs Feather, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States from Bradford England, in 1914
  • Doris Elizabeth Feather, aged 20, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1914

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Contemporary Notables of the name Feather (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Feather (post 1700)



  • William A. Feather (1889-1981), American publisher and author
  • Elwin Elton "Tiny" Feather (b. 1902), American football running back
  • Jane Feather (b. 1945), British-American writer of historical romance novels
  • Billie Lorraine Feather (b. 1948), American singer, lyricist, and songwriter
  • William Feather (1792-1849), American politician, Postmaster at Hamburg, Pennsylvania, 1841-45
  • Phillip Feather, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996
  • Frank Feather, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 10th Ward, 1948
  • Harry Feather, English professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s
  • Norman Feather FRS FRSE PRSE (1904-1978), English physicist
  • Yankel Feather (1920-2009), English painter, member of Liverpool Academy of Arts
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Valens et volens
Motto Translation: Able and willing


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 20 January 2016 at 10:48.

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