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Where did the English Fieldars family come from? What is the English Fieldars family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fieldars family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fieldars family history?

The surname Fieldars is derived from the ancient Saxon word "fidulaere" meaning "fiddle player." However, another reference claims the name was derived from the expression "atte felde" which meant "one who lives in the fields" [1]


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Fieldars are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Fieldars include: Fielder, Fielders, Fieldars, Fieldar and others.

First found in Sussex where the first recordings of the name indicate that Geoffrey le Felder held estates in the southern county of Sussex, listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fieldars research. Another 284 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1393 is included under the topic Early Fieldars History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Fieldars Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fieldars or a variant listed above: John Fielder who purchased land in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1726. Passenger records show Sarah Fielder made the crossing in the same year. Stephen Fielder settled in the colonies in 1754 and Thomas Fielder joined him ten years later..


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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

The Fieldars Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fieldars 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 28 February 2011 at 14:07.

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