Feldown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Feldown family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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." 
Early Origins of the Feldown family
The surname Feldown 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." 
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." 
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. 
Sir Thomas Felton (d. 1381), was "Seneschal of Aquitaine, the second son of Sir John Felton, Governor of Alnwick in 1314, who was summoned to Parliament in 1342, and was Lord of the Manor of Litcham, Norfolk. Sir John's father, Sir Robert, Governor of Scarborough Castle in 1311, was slain at Stirling in 1314. " 
Sir William Felton (d. 1367), was "Seneschal of Poitou, the son of Sir William Felton of Northumberland, who died about 1358, by his first wife. He was descended in the fourth generation from Roger or Robert Fitz-Pagan or Felton, brother of the William Fitz-Pagan who was ancestor of Sir Thomas Felton." 
The parish of Felton in Northumberland is named after this latter family. "King John caused a village here to be burnt, in 1216, as a punishment to the barons of Northumberland, who had done honour on the spot to Alexander, King of Scotland. " 
Early History of the Feldown family
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Feldown Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Feldown include Felton, Feltone and others.
Early Notables of the Feldown family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Felton (fl. 1430), English divine, Fellow of St. Mary Magdalen College, Oxford, and professor of theology, and 'vicarius Magdalensis Oxonii extra muros.'
Blessed John Felton (died 1570) was an English Catholic martyr, executed during the reign of Elizabeth I. He "was descended from an ancient family in Norfolk. He was a gentleman of large property, and resided at Bermondsey Abbey, near Southwark, Surrey. His wife had been maid of honour to Queen Mary, who just before her death recommended her to Queen Elizabeth. Indeed, Elizabeth held her in great respect, for they...
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Migration of the Feldown family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Feldown or a variant listed above: 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.
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