The name Fetherman is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the given names Firmin, Farman or Ferman.
Early Origins of the Fetherman family
The surname Fetherman was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Gateforth, which at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 was known as Gereford, and granted by the King to Ilbert de Lacy. They held a family seat in this ancient village from very early times, which consisted at that time of a church and a few houses, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fetherman family
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Fetherman 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. Fetherman has been spelled many different ways, including Fireman, Fermin, Firmin, Firmins, Firman, Virman and many more.
Early Notables of the Fetherman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fetherman family to Ireland
Some of the Fetherman family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 97 words (7 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 Fetherman 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 Fethermans to arrive in North America: John Firman who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Giles Firmin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634; William Firmins settled in Maryland in 1774.
The Fetherman 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: Firmus in Christo
Motto Translation: Firm in Christ.