The name Fentem is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the region of Fenton. The surname Fentem originally derived from the Old English words Fenne
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 Fentem family
The surname Fentem was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fentem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fentem research.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1261, 1539, 1608, 1603, 1683 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Fentem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fentem Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Fentem has been spelled many different ways, including Fenton, Fentun, Fentoun, Fentown, Fentoune and many more.
Early Notables of the Fentem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fentem family to Ireland
Some of the Fentem family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 133 words (10 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 Fentem family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Fentems to arrive in North America: 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.
The Fentem 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.