Anglo-Saxon name Featon comes from when the family resided in Fitton, in Cambridgeshire. The place-name shows the mark of the Danish influence on England before the Middle Ages. Fitton is derived from the Old Norse word fit, which means field, and the Old English word tun, for farm or fort. It literally means "fort among the fields," and was probably the site of a Danish army camp sometime in the 9th to 10th centuries.
Early Origins of the Featon family
Cheshire where they acquired the estates of Bolyn on the Welsh border about the year 1100 soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally this family may have been descended from the Ancient Britons, or Welsh race.
Rufford, Lancashire was an early homestead of the family. "A moiety of this manor appears to have been granted in the reign of Henry I., by Richard Bussel, the second Baron of Penwortham, to Richard Fitun or Fitton. John Fitton, his great-grandson, was also lord of half of Rufford; and the grandson of the latter, by a charter without date, gave the moiety of the town to his daughter Matilda, or Maud. This Matilda married Sir William Hesketh; and by the marriage of Sir William's grandson with the heiress of Edmund Fitton, lord of half Rufford, he became sole lord of the manor, which has since been vested in his descendants. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Featon family
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Featon Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Featon has been recorded under many different variations, including Fitton, Fiton, Fytton, Fyton and others.
Early Notables of the Featon family (pre 1700)
Baronet (1572-1619); and Sir Edward Fitton (1603-1643), 2nd Baronet, of Gawsworth Hall Cheshire, who died without issue. He...
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Migration of the Featon family to Ireland
Some of the Featon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Featon family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Featon or a variant listed above:
Featon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Featon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Featon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Featon (post 1700)
The Featon 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: Vae duplici cordi
Motto Translation: Woe to the deceitful heart
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