The Feldhous surname comes from the Middle English words "hous," and "field." As such, it was probably a topographic name for someone who lived in a house in open pasture land.
Early Origins of the Feldhous family
The surname Feldhous was first found in Yorkshire
where some of the first records of the family were listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379, specifically: Randulphus Feldhowses; and Johannes de Feldhouse. "This surname is derived from a geographical locality, 'at the field-house.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Alternatively the family could have originated in Staffordshire as the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 list Thomas de Feldeshous and Henry de Felhouse. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) This latter source claims the name was derived from "dweller at the house in the fields."
Early History of the Feldhous family
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Feldhous Spelling Variations
Feldhous has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fieldhouse, Feldhouse, Feldus, Feldous, Feildus, Fieldhus, Fieldhowse and many more.
Early Notables of the Feldhous family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Feldhous family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Feldhouss to arrive on North American shores: Joseph Fieldhouse, who came to Annapolis, MD in 1731; Thomas Fieldhouse, a bonded passenger, sent to America in 1753; George Fieldhouse, who was on record in the census of Prince Edward County, Ontario in 1851.
The Feldhous 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: Infirmis opitulare
Motto Translation: To assist the sick