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Fellingham Early Origins



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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.

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Fellingham Spelling Variations


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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.

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Fellingham Early History


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Fellingham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fellingham research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1194 and 1212 are included under the topic Early Fellingham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fellingham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fellingham Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fellingham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fellingham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Fellingham 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, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Rebecca Fellingham, aged 25, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Emily Fellingham, aged 9 months, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • George Fellingham landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fellingham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fellingham (post 1700)



  • Lou Fellingham, United Kingdom singer, long time lead singer of Phatfish

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Fellingham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fellingham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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