The distinguished surname Fettes is of Scottish origin. It is derived from "Fiddes," the name of a barony once known as Fothes or Futhos located in Foveran, Kincardineshire
. The name is thought to be derived from the Gaelic "fiodhais," meaning "wood-place."
Early Origins of the Fettes family
The surname Fettes was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where the Fettes family was anciently seated in its territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland
. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. Later they held a family seat
Early History of the Fettes family
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Fettes Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Fiddes, Fotheis, Fuddes, Fudes, Futhes, Fouthas, Futhois, Fothes, Futhas, Fudas, Fittes, Fette and many more.
Early Notables of the Fettes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fettes family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Fettes (post 1700)
- Sir William Fettes (1750-1836), 1st Baronet, Scottish merchant and philanthropist whose donations led to the foundation of Fettes College, Edinburgh
- Peter Fettes, British BBC Radio presenter, active in the 1940s and 1950s
- Hillair Fettes (1898-1971), Luxembourgian wrestler in the Greco-Roman featherweight event at the 1924 Summer Olympics
- Christopher Fettes (b. 1937), English-born, Irish founder of the Irish Green Party and an honorary member of the International Vegetarian Union and of the World Esperanto Association
The Fettes 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 Translation: Industrious.