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Early Origins of the Fekenham family

The surname Fekenham was first found in Worcestershire at Feckenham, a parish, in the union of Alcester, Upper division of the hundred of Halfshire. "This parish, anciently called Fecheham, is situated on the borders of Warwickshire, which bounds it on the east; and on the road from Alcester to Kidderminster. " [1]

Early History of the Fekenham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fekenham research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1455, 1487, 1518, 1585 and 1518 are included under the topic Early Fekenham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fekenham Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fekenham include Feckenham, Fekenham and others.

Early Notables of the Fekenham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John de Feckenham (1518?-1585), the last Abbot of Westminster, born in Feckenham Forest, Worcestershire, about 1518. He "was the son of...
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Migration of the Fekenham family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fekenham or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook