Feltum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Feltum family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Feltum comes from when the family 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]

Early Origins of the Feltum family

The surname Feltum 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]

In Whitchurch, or Felton, Somerset, "the name Filton, or Felton, is derived from a very old town situated to the north-west of the present village, in a forest or chace once called Filwood: a church having been erected on the site of an ancient chapel dedicated to St. White." [2]

Accordingly, the name was frequented in other areas of ancient Britain about the same time. John de Feltone was found in Nottinghamshire, 30 Edward I (in the 30th year's reign of 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]

Sir Thomas Felton (d. 1381), was "Seneschal of Aquitaine, the second son of Sir John Felton, Governor of Alnwick in 1314, who was summoned to Parliament in 1342, and was Lord of the Manor of Litcham, Norfolk. Sir John's father, Sir Robert, Governor of Scarborough Castle in 1311, was slain at Stirling in 1314. " [4]

Sir William Felton (d. 1367), was "Seneschal of Poitou, the son of Sir William Felton of Northumberland, who died about 1358, by his first wife. He was descended in the fourth generation from Roger or Robert Fitz-Pagan or Felton, brother of the William Fitz-Pagan who was ancestor of Sir Thomas Felton." [4]

The parish of Felton in Northumberland is named after this latter family. "King John caused a village here to be burnt, in 1216, as a punishment to the barons of Northumberland, who had done honour on the spot to Alexander, King of Scotland. " [2]

Early History of the Feltum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feltum research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1430, 1570, 1886, 1595, 1628, 1595, 1556, 1626, 1556, 1619, 1690, 1656 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Feltum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Feltum Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Feltum has appeared include Felton, Feltone and others.

Early Notables of the Feltum family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Felton ( fl. 1430), English divine, Fellow of St. Mary Magdalen College, Oxford, and professor of theology, and 'vicarius Magdalensis Oxonii extra muros.' Blessed John Felton (died 1570) was an English Catholic martyr, executed during the reign of Elizabeth I. He "was descended from an ancient family in Norfolk. He was a gentleman of large property, and resided at Bermondsey Abbey, near Southwark, Surrey. His wife had been maid of honour to Queen Mary, who just before her death recommended her to Queen Elizabeth. Indeed, Elizabeth held her in great respect, for they...
Another 208 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Feltum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Feltum family to Ireland

Some of the Feltum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Feltum family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Feltum arrived in North America very early: Andrew Felton who settled in Virginia in 1651; Benjamin Felton settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; John Felton settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, children and servants.



  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)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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