The Fenshal name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived at Fanshawe Gate Hall in the county of Derbyshire.
Early Origins of the Fenshal family
The surname Fenshal was first found in Derbyshire
. The family held high distinction at Fanshawe Gate from early times. This was the site where Thomas Fanshawe (1533-1601), the Queen's Remembrancer and his descendants hailed. Very little is known of the earlier lineage apart from the fact that he was the eldest son of John Fanshawe of Fanshawe Gate and had an uncle name Henry Fanshawe. In addition to Fanshawe Gate, he held estates in Ware Park, Hertfordshire
and Jenkins, in Barking, Essex; presumably some were inherited through the family.
Early History of the Fenshal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fenshal research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1533, 1601, 1569, 1616, 1596, 1665, 1621, 1661, 1608, 1666, 1625 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Fenshal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fenshal Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Fenshal has undergone many spelling variations
, including Fanshaw, Fanshawe and others.
Early Notables of the Fenshal family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Fanshawe (1533-1601), English Remembrancer of the Exchequer; Sir Henry Fanshawe (1569-1616), an English Remembrancer of the Exchequer; Thomas Fanshawe, 1st Viscount Fanshawe KB (1596-1665), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1661, supporter of the Royalist cause in... Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fenshal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fenshal family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Fenshal were among those contributors: Richard Fanshaw who settled in Virginia in 1635; Sibilla Fanshaw settled in Virginia in 1726.