Fentoom is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having lived in the region of Fenton. The surname Fentoom 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 Fentoom family
The surname Fentoom was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fentoom family
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Fentoom Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fentoom has been recorded under many different variations, including Fenton, Fentun, Fentoun, Fentown, Fentoune and many more.
Early Notables of the Fentoom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fentoom family to Ireland
Some of the Fentoom family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Fentoom family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fentoom 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.
The Fentoom 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.