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Felstead Early Origins



The surname Felstead 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, [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 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.

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Felstead Spelling Variations


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Felstead Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Felstead, Felsted, Fallstead, Fallsted, Fellsted, Fellstead, qaFellsted and many more.

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Felstead Early History


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Felstead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felstead research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1130 and 1203 are included under the topic Early Felstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Felstead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Felstead Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Felstead 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Felstead or a variant listed above were:

Felstead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Felstead, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • William Felstead, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Felstead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Felstead, aged 34, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Thomas Felstead, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Felstead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Felstead (post 1700)



  • Thomas Felstead, English retired professional footballer
  • Cathie Felstead (b. 1954), English illustrator
  • Bertie Felstead (1894-2001), British World War I soldier, believed to be the last surviving soldier of the Christmas truce of 1915
  • A Felstead, who co-compiled the "Directory of British Architects 1834-1900" in 1993

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Felstead Historic Events


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Felstead Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Master George Felstead (1899-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Louise Felstead (1875-1914), née Last Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. George Felstead (1876-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Edith Felstead (1902-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

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