Fellers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Fellers has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a friend or comrade. The surname Fellers originally derived from the Old English word Feolaza which affectionately meant "partner" or "shareholder." As a surname, it was likely taken on by a member of a trade guild.

"Besides its more proper meaning of ' companion,' the word Fellow is used in some dialects to signify a young unmarried man, or a servant engaged in husbandry. Chaucer uses the phrase 'a proper felawe' to denote a well-formed young man." [1]

Early Origins of the Fellers family

The surname Fellers was first found in Huntingdon. However another branch of the family was later found at Shotesham in Norfolk. "Shotesham Park, the seat of Robert Fellowes, Esq., is a handsome mansion, erected by the late Mr. Fellowes, near the site of the ancient Hall, which was surrounded with a moat. " [2]

Walter Felagh was one of the first records of the family. He was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1256. Robert le Felagh was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [3] John Felagh was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III.) [4]

Early History of the Fellers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fellers research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1820 and 1910 are included under the topic Early Fellers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fellers 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 Fellers have been found, including Fellow, Fellows, Fellowes, Felloe and others.

Early Notables of the Fellers family (pre 1700)

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United States Fellers migration to the United States +

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 Fellers, or a variant listed above:

Fellers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philipp Fellers, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [5]
  • Phillip Fellers, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [5]
  • Alevine Fellers, aged 8, who immigrated to America, in 1894
  • Antonitte Fellers, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Georg Fellers, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1894
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fellers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Morse Fellers, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Mrs William S Fellers, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Frans Fellers, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921

Australia Fellers migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fellers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Fellers, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [6]
  • Jane Fellers, aged 36, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [6]
  • Maria Fellers, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [6]
  • George Fellers, aged 13, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [6]
  • James Fellers, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fellers (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Bonner Frank Fellers (1896-1973), American Secretary-General of Allied Council for Japan (1946) [7]
  • Richard Dean "Dick" Fellers (b. 1943), American country musician
  • Carl R. Fellers (1893-1960), American food scientist and microbiologist who was involved in the pasteurization of dried foods
  • Sierra Fellers (b. 1986), American professional skateboarder
  • Zachariah Fellers, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Princeton, West Virginia, 1874-89 [8]

The Fellers 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: Patientia et perseverantia cum magnanimitate
Motto Translation: Patience and perseverance with magnanimity.

  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Bonner Fellers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fellers/Bonner_Frank/USA.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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