The name Fentelroy is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a defender of the king.
Less a nickname
than a motto adopted as a name, Fontleroy translates roughly from the Old French as defend the king.
The motto would have been rendered Defendez le Roi
Early Origins of the Fentelroy family
The surname Fentelroy was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fentelroy family
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Fentelroy Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Fontleroy, Fauntleroy, Fautleroy, Fantlaroy and many more.
Early Notables of the Fentelroy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fentelroy family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Fentelroy or a variant listed above: James Fontleroy who settled in Boston in 1679; R. Fontleroy settled in Carolina in 1872.