Early Origins of the Fellsted family
The surname Fellsted was first found in Essex
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 village and lands of Felstead, (spelt Felesteda, Felstede and Phensteda) in the Hundred
of Hinckford, held by Gilbert FitzSolomon from Holy Trinity Abbey in Caen, Normandy
. This large village held two mills and a large Norman church.
Early History of the Fellsted family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fellsted research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1130 and 1203 are included under the topic Early Fellsted History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fellsted Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Felstead, Felsted, Fallstead, Fallsted, Fellsted, Fellstead, qaFellsted and many more.
Early Notables of the Fellsted family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Fellsted Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fellsted family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Fellsted or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..