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The ancient roots of the Fethers family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Fethers comes from when the family lived in various places throughout England as the name is a metonymic occupational name for a trader in feathers or a maker of quilts and later pens.

Fethers Early Origins



The surname Fethers was first found in Sussex where Juliana Fethere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296. A few years later, Adam ffethir was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland.

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Fethers Spelling Variations


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Fethers Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Fethers has appeared include Feathers, Feather, Fether, Fedder, Feder and others.

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Fethers Early History


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Fethers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fethers research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1282, 1275 and 1304 are included under the topic Early Fethers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fethers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fethers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fethers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fethers arrived in North America very early: John Fether, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island from Somerset, England, in 1907; Alice Feather, aged 25, who arrived at Ellis Island from Bingley, England, in 1906.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fethers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fethers (post 1700)



  • John Fethers (1929-2010), Australian Olympic fencer at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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Motto


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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: Valens et volens
Motto Translation: Able and willing


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    The Fethers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fethers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 January 2012 at 14:21.

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