Felaghs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Felaghs surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a friend or comrade. The surname Felaghs originally derived from the Old English word Feolaza which affectionately meant "partner" or "shareholder." As a surname, it was likely taken on by a member of a trade guild.

"Besides its more proper meaning of ' companion,' the word Fellow is used in some dialects to signify a young unmarried man, or a servant engaged in husbandry. Chaucer uses the phrase 'a proper felawe' to denote a well-formed young man." [1]

Early Origins of the Felaghs family

The surname Felaghs was first found in Huntingdon. However another branch of the family was later found at Shotesham in Norfolk. "Shotesham Park, the seat of Robert Fellowes, Esq., is a handsome mansion, erected by the late Mr. Fellowes, near the site of the ancient Hall, which was surrounded with a moat. " [2]

Walter Felagh was one of the first records of the family. He was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1256. Robert le Felagh was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [3] John Felagh was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III.) [4]

Important Dates for the Felaghs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felaghs research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1820 and 1910 are included under the topic Early Felaghs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Felaghs Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Felaghs has been spelled many different ways, including Fellow, Fellows, Fellowes, Felloe and others.

Early Notables of the Felaghs family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Felaghs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Felaghs family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Felaghss to arrive in North America: William Felloe who arrived in New England in 1635; William Fellow arrived in Barbados in 1678; William and Samuel Fellowes arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1630.

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
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