Early Origins of the Fevershan family
The surname Fevershan was first found in Kent
at Faversham, a market town and civil parish in the Swale district which dates back to 811 when it was first listed as Fefresham. By the time of the Domesday Book
in 1086, the town was known by the modern spelling of Faversham and Faversaham. At that time, Faversaham consisted of 2 salt houses, a mill and was a market town. Nearby was Faversham Abbey, a Cluny style monastery immediately to the north-east of the town. It was founded by King Stephen and his queen, Matilda I of Boulogne, in 1148. The Abbey was the burial place of the founding king and queen. The Abbey was dissolved in 1538 and subsequently most of it was demolished. The Abbey Guest House has survived and it now a private residence. The place name literally means "homestead or village of the smith" from the Old English words faefer + ham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Fevershan family
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Fevershan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Fevershan are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fevershan include Feversham, Faversham and others.
Early Notables of the Fevershan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fevershan family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Fevershan, or a variant listed above: settlers, who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled on the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Boston, to Virginia, to Florida, and to the islands..