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Origins Available: German, Scottish


The name was derived from the place named Fell in Cumberland which in turn was derived from the Icelandic name "fell" which meant a "fell or wild hill."

Fels Early Origins



The surname Fels was first found in Dundee where one of the most interesting references of the name was of Finlay Fell, butcher and later burgess in 1533. He was the first of a long list of butchers within the same family which held the profession for more than a century.

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Fels Spelling Variations


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Fels Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Fell, Fells and others.

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Fels Early History


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Fels Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fels research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1584, 1649, 1598, 1658, 1625, 1686, 1700, 1614 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Fels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fels Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fels Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was James Fell a businessman of Dumfriesshire; Samuel Fell D.D. (1584-1649), an English academic and clergyman, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford; Thomas Fell (1598-1658), vice-chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster; John Fell (1625-1686), an...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fels 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:

Fels Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Fels settled in Pennsylvania in 1777
  • Elisa Fels, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1794

Fels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz W. Fels settled in Kentucky in 1844
  • Elis Fels came to Cincinnati in 1844
  • Elis Fels, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1844
  • Franz W Fels, who landed in Kentucky in 1844
  • M Theresia Fels, who landed in Kentucky in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fels (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fels (post 1700)



  • Samuel Simeon Fels (b. 1860), the youngest son of Lazarus and Susanna Fels, born in Yanceyville, became one of the most prominent North Carolina soap manufacturers

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    8. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Fels Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fels 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 September 2013 at 10:52.

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