Feldhouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.' " [1]

Alternatively the family could have originated in Staffordshire as the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 list Thomas de Feldeshous and Henry de Felhouse. [2] This latter source claims the name was derived from "dweller at the house in the fields."

Important Dates for the Feldhouse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feldhouse research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Feldhouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

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

Migration of the Feldhouse family

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.

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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