Feteplace History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Feteplace is of local origin originally found in Oxfordshire and Nottinghamshire. The original Fettiplace is said to have been Gentleman-usher to William the Conqueror.

Early Origins of the Feteplace family

The surname Feteplace was first found in Oxfordshire where one of the earliest records was of Adam Feteplace, Mayor of Oxford in 1245. A Walter Feteplece was also recorded around the same time in that area. Sir Phillip Fettiplace (1220-1302), purchased the manor of North Denchworth from Ralph de Cameys in 1263.

Thomas Faiteplace was listed in Oxfordshire in 1210 and Robert Fetesplace was listed in the Assize Rolls of Bedfordshire in 1227. "A especially Oxford name, borne by a 14th century mayor." [1]

The name was also most numerous in Swinbrook, where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Swinbrook, held by Geoffrey who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary in Swinbrook dates from about 1200 and is noted for its 17th century Fettiplace monuments.

There is a distinct branch of the family found in Nottinghamshire from very early times. Another branch of the family was found at Besselsliegh in Berkshire. "It takes its name from the ancient family of Bessels, an heiress of which conveyed the estate by marriage to the Fettyplaces; and Sir Edmund Fettyplace sold it, about 1620, to Wm. Lenthall, master of the rolls, and speaker of the house of commons in the Long parliament." [2]

Of particular interest is Elinor Fettiplace (née Poole) (c. 1570-c. 1647.) She wrote Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book in 1604. Hilary Spurling, the wife of a descendant of Fettiplace first published the book in 1986 and today it gives an interesting and quaint compilation of recipes that were typical of the Elizabethan household life.

Important Dates for the Feteplace family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feteplace research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1397, 1442, 1623, 1672, 1095, 1412, 1480, 1556, 1557, 1504, 1575, 1601, 1603, 1495, 1549, 1539, 1568, 1577, 1583, 1658, 1626, 1629, 1640, 1644, 1661, 1672, 1654, 1707, 1713, 1662, 1725, 1668 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Feteplace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Feteplace Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Fettiplace, Fetiplace, Feteplace, Ffetiplace, Phetiplace, Phetteplace and many more.

Early Notables of the Feteplace family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Fettiplace (c. 1495-1549), Justice of the Peace for Berks and in 1539, he was one of those appointed to receive Her Grace, Anne of Cleves, on her arrival in England from Dusseldorf; Sir John Fettiplace, Sheriff of Berkshire (1568-1577); and John Fettiplace (1583-1658), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Berkshire (1626-1629), Member of Parliament for Berkshire (1640-1644), supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. The Fettiplace Baronetcy, of Childrey in the...
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Migration of the Feteplace family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Feteplace or a variant listed above were: Gyles Fettyplace, who arrived in Virginia in 1663; and Thomas Fettplace who arrived in Maryland in 1653.

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Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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