The lineage of the name Fentom begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the region of Fenton. The surname Fentom 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 Fentom family
The surname Fentom was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fentom family
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Fentom 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 Fentom has undergone many spelling variations
, including Fenton, Fentun, Fentoun, Fentown, Fentoune and many more.
Early Notables of the Fentom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fentom family to Ireland
Some of the Fentom family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Fentom 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 Fentom were among those contributors: 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 Fentom 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.