Early Origins of the Fellingham family
The surname Fellingham was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Felmingham, held by Roger Bigod who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. The village held a Mill and a Church.
Early History of the Fellingham family
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Fellingham Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Fellingham, Felmingham, Felingham and others.
Early Notables of the Fellingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fellingham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fellingham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Joseph Fellingham, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Joseph Fellingham, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Fellingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Fellingham, aged 23, a printer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Rebecca Fellingham, aged 25, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Emily Fellingham, aged 9 months, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- George Fellingham, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
Contemporary Notables of the name Fellingham (post 1700)
- Lou Fellingham, United Kingdom singer, long time lead singer of Phatfish