Fettes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 at Aberdeenshire.

Important Dates for the Fettes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fettes research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1373, 1435, 1488, 1524, 1621, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Fettes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fettes Spelling Variations

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

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
  • Dame Alison Fettes Richard DBE, DL (b. 1948), English academic, the 344th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first female Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge
  • Sir William Fettes Douglas (1822-1891), Scottish landscape painter
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