Feldom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Feldom belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Felton, a place-name found in many locations throughout England. There are places named Felton in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Northumberland, and Shropshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English elements feld, which means field, and tun, which meant enclosure or farm, and later fort or town. It would have translated as "farm or village in open country." [1]

Early Origins of the Feldom family

The surname Feldom was first found in Norfolk where "the village [of Litcham], which is large, consisting of several streets, had formerly a market and some annual fairs, granted by Edward I. to Robert de Felton." [2]

In Whitchurch, or Felton, Somerset, "the name Filton, or Felton, is derived from a very old town situated to the north-west of the present village, in a forest or chace once called Filwood: a church having been erected on the site of an ancient chapel dedicated to St. White." [2]

Accordingly, the name was frequented in other areas of ancient Britain about the same time. John de Feltone was found in Nottinghamshire, 30 Edward I (in the 30th year's reign of Edward I); and William de Feltone was listed in Northumberland. William de Felton was rector of St. Mary Magdalen, Warham, Norfolk in 1349. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes de Felton. [3]

Important Dates for the Feldom family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feldom research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1570, 1619, 1690, 1656, 1660, 1595 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Feldom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Feldom Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Feldom include Felton, Feltone and others.

Early Notables of the Feldom family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Blessed John Felton (died 1570) was an English Catholic martyr, executed during the reign of Elizabeth I; Sir Henry Felton, 1st Baronet of Playford; and his son, Sir Henry Felton, 2nd Baronet (1619-1690), an English politician...
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Feldom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Feldom family to Ireland

Some of the Feldom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 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 Feldom family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Feldom were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Andrew Felton who settled in Virginia in 1651; Benjamin Felton settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; John Felton settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, children and servants.

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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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