The Fieldhowse surname comes from the Middle English words "hous," and "field." As such, it was probably a topographic name for someone who lived in a house in open pasture land.
Early Origins of the Fieldhowse family
The surname Fieldhowse was first found in Yorkshire
where some of the first records of the family were listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379, specifically: Randulphus Feldhowses; and Johannes de Feldhouse. "This surname is derived from a geographical locality, 'at the field-house.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Alternatively the family could have originated in Staffordshire as the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 list Thomas de Feldeshous and Henry de Felhouse. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) This latter source claims the name was derived from "dweller at the house in the fields."
Early History of the Fieldhowse family
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Fieldhowse Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Fieldhowse 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 Fieldhowse include: Fieldhouse, Feldhouse, Feldus, Feldous, Feildus, Fieldhus, Fieldhowse and many more.
Early Notables of the Fieldhowse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fieldhowse family to the New World and Oceana
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 Fieldhowse or a variant listed above: Joseph Fieldhouse, who came to Annapolis, MD in 1731; Thomas Fieldhouse, a bonded passenger, sent to America in 1753; George Fieldhouse, who was on record in the census of Prince Edward County, Ontario in 1851.
The Fieldhowse 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: Infirmis opitulare
Motto Translation: To assist the sick