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The history of the Fendum family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the region of Fenton. The surname Fendum originally derived from the Old English words Fenne and Tun which referred to an enclosed region by a dyke. There are numerous listings of this local name: a township near Carlisle, Cumberland; a chapelry in the parish of Beckingham, Lincoln; and a hamlet in the parish of Kettlethorpe, Lincoln.

Early Origins of the Fendum family


The surname Fendum was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Early History of the Fendum family

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Early History of the Fendum family


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Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1261, 1539, 1608, 1603, 1683 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Fendum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fendum Spelling Variations

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Fendum Spelling Variations


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fendum include Fenton, Fentun, Fentoun, Fentown, Fentoune and many more.

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Early Notables of the Fendum family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Fendum family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Fendum family to Ireland

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Migration of the Fendum family to Ireland


Some of the Fendum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Fendum family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Fendum family to the New World and Oceana


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fendum or a variant listed above: Robert Fenton who settled in Virginia in 1606, fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; James Fenton, who purchased land in Virginia in 1623; Henry Fenton, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1638.

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The Fendum Motto

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The Fendum 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: Gwell angau na gwarth
Motto Translation: Death before disgrace.


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