The Feldhouse 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 Feldhouse family
The surname Feldhouse 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 Feldhouse family
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Feldhouse Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Feldhouse family name include Fieldhouse, Feldhouse, Feldus, Feldous, Feildus, Fieldhus, Fieldhowse and many more.
Early Notables of the Feldhouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Feldhouse family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Feldhouse surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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 Feldhouse 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