of 1066. The Fedler family lived in or near the settlement of Vis-de-lou in
. Over time, the pronunciation of this place-name changed into Fedler.
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The personal Norman name, Le Fidelaire, originated from Normandy.
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A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Fiddler, Fidler, Fiddlar, Fidlar, Fidelow, Fydler and many more.
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fedler or a variant listed above: Phillip Fidler settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1747; John Fidler arrived in Philadelphia in 1754; John Frederick Fiddler arrived in Philadelphia in 1834.