Feltus is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Feltus family lived in Middlesex, where they were Lords of the Manor of Feltham.
Early Origins of the Feltus family
The surname Feltus was first found in Middlesex at Feltham, today a suburban town in the London Borough of Hounslow, West London. "This place, which is noticed in Domesday Book
, is supposed to have been originally called Feldham, signifying 'the field village.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Actually the parish dates back to Saxon times when in 969 it was known as Feltham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The aforementioned Domesday Book
actually lists the parish as Felteham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The lands were originally granted by the Count of Mortaine on behalf of Duke William. They were Lords of the manor of Feltham, and under tenants to the Count, and the name emerged as de Feltham. The manor house and nearly the entire village was rebuilt in 1634 after and accidental fire which also claimed the parish records.
Early History of the Feltus family
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Feltus Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Feltus are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Feltus include Fealtham, Feltham, Feltam, Fealtam and others.
Early Notables of the Feltus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Feltus family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Feltus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Feltus, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
- John Balfour Feltus, aged 3, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"
- Maria Feltus, aged 5, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"
- Mary Ann Feltus, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"
- Susan Feltus, aged 10, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"
The Feltus Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Portanti spolia palma
Motto Translation: The prize is to him that carries off the booty.