Origins Available: English
The origins of the Felde name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the area that was near a field. This surname is a topographic
name and is derived from the Old English word feld,
which literally means the pasture or open country. In this case, the bearer of the surname Felde lived in an area of land that was cleared of forest. Interestingly, "Field, or De la Felda embraces both English and Norman families. Richard de la Felda is mentioned in Normandy
, temp John." [reign 1199-1216] CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
This duality of origin is indeed rare.
Early Origins of the Felde family
The surname Felde was first found in many shires and counties throughout Britain. Some of the earliest records show: Thomas atte
Felde in the Writs of Parliament of 1301; William de la Felde in Gloucestershire
during reign of King Edward I; and John de la Felde in Herefordshire
at about the same time. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list Linot ate [atte] Feld and William a la Feld in Oxfordshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Robert de Felde was listed as a Templar in Gloucestershire
in 1185 and Hugo de la Felde was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1188. John del Feld was listed in Suffolk
in 1190 and James atte
Felde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Felde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felde research.Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1407, 1407, 1620, 1676, 1554, 1606, 1582, 1599 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Felde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Felde Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Felde were recorded, including Field, Feild, Felde and others.
Early Notables of the Felde family (pre 1700)
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Felde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Felde family to Ireland
Some of the Felde family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 182 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Felde family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Felde family emigrate to North America:
Felde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christian and Catharina Felde, who emigrated to Brazil in 1878