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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Felton surname lived in Felton, a place-name found in many locations throughout England. There are places named Felton in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Northumberland, and Shropshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English elements feld, which means field, and tun, which meant enclosure or farm, and later fort or town. It would have translated as "farm or village in open country." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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The surname Felton was first found in Norfolk where "the village [of Litcham], which is large, consisting of several streets, had formerly a market and some annual fairs, granted by Edward I. to Robert de Felton." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

However, the name was frequented in other areas of ancient Britain about the same time. John de Feltone was found in Nottinghamshire, 30 Edward I; and William de Feltone was listed in Northumberland. William de Felton was rector of St. Mary Magdalen, Warham, Norfolk in 1349. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes de Felton. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Felton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Felton include: Felton, Feltone and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felton research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1570, 1619, 1690, 1656, 1660, 1595 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Felton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Blessed John Felton (died 1570) was an English Catholic martyr, executed during the reign of Elizabeth I; Sir Henry Felton, 1st Baronet of Playford; and his son, Sir Henry Felton, 2nd Baronet (1619-1690), an English politician...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Felton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Felton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Felton or a variant listed above:

Felton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Felton settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Nathaniel Felton settled in Salem in 1632
  • Nathaniel Felton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Jon Felton, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Elinor Felton, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
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Felton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Felton, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Johann Valentine Felton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709
  • Jane Felton, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Mathias Felton settled in Philadelphia in 1739
  • Henrich Felton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767
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Felton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Herman E Felton, who landed in Mississippi in 1846
  • J Felton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W T Felton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J S Felton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Fritz Felton, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1870
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Felton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Felton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846

Felton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Felton, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
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  • Terry Lane Felton (b. 1957), retired American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins
  • Samuel Morse Felton Sr. (1809-1889), American civil engineer and railroad executive, Superintendent of the Fitchburg Railroad (1843 to 1851) and President of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad (1851 to 1865)
  • Raymond Bernard Felton Jr. (b. 1984), American NBA professional basketball player
  • Lindsay Marie Felton (b. 1984), American actress
  • John Brooks Felton (1827-1877), American jurist and politician, 14th Mayor of Oakland, California
  • Cornelius Conway Felton (1807-1862), American educator, regent of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Charles Norton Felton (1832-1914), American politician, Congressman and U.S. Senator from California
  • Verna Felton (1890-1966), American actress who was best-known for providing most of the female voices in numerous Disney animated films
  • Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton (1835-1930), American writer, teacher, reformer, and briefly a politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate
  • Alfred Felton (1831-1904), English-born, Australian entrepreneur, art collector and philanthropist
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Felton Historic Events



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  • Mr. Frederick E Felton, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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