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The ancestors of the name Featherstone date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the area that was named Featherstone which was in the counties of Staffordshire, the West Riding of Yorkshire and Northumberland. The surname Featherstone is a habitation name, which is a type of local name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case, the surname was originally derived from an ancient structure made of three light-weight stones that were found near the dwelling place of the original bearers.

Featherstone Early Origins



The surname Featherstone was first found in Northumberland at Featherstone Castle, a large Gothic style country mansion on the bank of the River South Tyne, near the town of Haltwhistle. The 11th century manor house belonged to the Featherstonehaugh family and dates back to the 13th-century. A square three-storey pele tower was added in 1330 by Thomas de Featherstonehaugh. The castle was held in good repair through the centuries as a survey from the year 1541 reported the property to be a tower in good repair and occupied by Thomas Featherstonehaugh. For a brief time, the castle was sold to Sir William Howard in the 17th century, but was repurchased from the Earl of Carlisle in 1711 by Matthew Featherstonehaugh (1662-1762).

Some moved west to Kirk-Oswald in Cumberland. "The estates were granted by Elizabeth to the Dodding family, and subsequently to the Featherstonhaughs, of Northumberland, who have been settled here since the time of James I., and whose mansion, called The College, is a venerable structure, formerly the residence of the provost and fellows of the college. It is romantically situated on a gentle eminence rising from the margin of the Raven beck, at a short distance from the town; and retains its ancient Oriel window, and other interesting details of its original style. The mansion was plundered by the parliamentarian forces; and there is still preserved the copy of a petition presented to the parliament by the widow of Sir Timothy Featherstonhaugh, in which the loss is estimated at 10,000." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Featherstone Spelling Variations


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Featherstone Spelling Variations



Featherstone has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Featherston, Featherstone, Fetherstone, Featherstonhaugh, Featherstun, Fetherston, Featherstonaugh, Featherstonhoe, Fetherstonhoe, Fetherstunhaugh, Fetherstonaugh and many more.

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Featherstone Early History


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Featherstone Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Featherstone research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1540, 1886, 1621, 1638, 1628, 1711, 1654, 1746, 1776, 1830 and 1923 are included under the topic Early Featherstone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Featherstone Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Featherstone Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Richard Fetherston (Fetherstone, Featherstone) (executed in 1540), an English Roman Catholic priest, chaplain to Catharine of Aragon and tutor to her daughter, Mary Tudor, he was beatified by Pope Leo XIII, 29 December 1886...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Featherstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Featherstone In Ireland


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Featherstone In Ireland



Some of the Featherstone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Featherstones to arrive on North American shores:

Featherstone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Featherstone, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • John Featherstone, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Featherstone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Featherstone, who arrived in Barbados in 1730
  • George Featherstone, who landed in New England in 1742

Featherstone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Featherstone, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Thomas Featherstone settled in Pennsylvania in 1848

Featherstone Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Featherstone, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eleanor Featherstone, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Phoebe Featherstone, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Featherstone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jonothan Featherstone, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Michael Featherstone arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • Charlotte Featherstone arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • martha Featherstone arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm

Featherstone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Featherstone arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Featherstone (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Featherstone (post 1700)



  • Angela Featherstone (b. 1965), Canadian Gemini Award nominated actress from Hamilton, Ontario, best known for playing Chloe in Friends
  • Donald "Don" Featherstone (1935-2015), American artist, best known for his 1957 creation of the Plastic Pink Flamingo
  • Liza Featherstone (b. 1969), American journalist and journalism professor
  • Michelle Featherstone, English-born, American singer-songwriter, recipient of mulitple awards from the Royal Academy of Music
  • Lewis Porter Featherstone (1851-1922), American politician, Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives, 1887-88; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 1st District, 1890-91; Defeated (Union Labor), 1888, 1890
  • Mrs. J. A. Featherstone, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1928
  • Robert Featherstone, American scientist and educator
  • James Featherstone (b. 1979), English footballer
  • Nicky Lee Featherstone (b. 1988), English professional footballer from Goole, England
  • Anthony James "Tony" Featherstone (b. 1949), retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward
  • ... (Another 5 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



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

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