Feldous History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Feldous 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 Feldous family
The surname Feldous 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.' " 
Alternatively the family could have originated in Staffordshire as the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 list Thomas de Feldeshous and Henry de Felhouse.  This latter source claims the name was derived from "dweller at the house in the fields."
Early History of the Feldous family
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Feldous Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Feldous have been found, including Fieldhouse, Feldhouse, Feldus, Feldous, Feildus, Fieldhus, Fieldhowse and many more.
Early Notables of the Feldous family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Feldous family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Feldous, or a variant listed above: 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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The Feldous 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
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)