Fieldgate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Fieldgate family
The surname Fieldgate was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1203 when Godwin de Fieldgate held estates in the county.
Early History of the Fieldgate family
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Fieldgate Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Fieldgate include Fieldgate, Fellgate, Felgate, Fellgett, Filgate, Fieldgett, Feelgate, Fielgate, Fillgate and many more.
Early Notables of the Fieldgate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fieldgate family to Ireland
Some of the Fieldgate family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Fieldgate family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Fieldgate were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.