Fieldings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Fieldings family
The surname Fieldings was first found in Cheshire, where the name is derived from the Old English word, "felding" meaning "a dweller in an open place." "The princely extraction of this noble family from the counts of Hapsburg in Germany is well known; its ancestor, Galfridus, or Geffrey, came into England in the twelfth year of the reign of Henry III., and received large possessions from that monarch."  A document dated 9 Edward II., states: " Filius Galfridi filii Galfridi, comitis de Hapsburg et domini in Laufenburg et RinFILDING in Germania."  In other words, the name is derived from RinFelden or RinFilding in Germany where they held patrimonial possessions of the house of Hapsburg. John Fildying held Newham in Warwickshire in the twelfth of Henry VI., inherited by his mother Joan, daughter and heir of William Prudhome. In Cheshire, Ralph Fielding settled on the banks of the River Dee in 1279. In Warwickshire, some of the family were found in the parish of Willey. "This place was anciently called Wilega. In the reign of Elizabeth the manor was possessed by the families of Winter and Leigh, and was afterwards sold among various persons; it subsequently became the property of the noble family of Fielding."  And in the hamlet of Barnacle, Warwickshire another branch of the family was established. "In the time of Elizabeth the manor [of Barnacle] was granted to Michael Fielding, from whom it descended to Basil Fielding, Earl of Denbigh." 
Early History of the Fieldings family
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Fieldings Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Fielding, Fielden, Fieldine and others.
Early Notables of the Fieldings family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Feilding, 1st Earl of Denbigh (c.1587-1643), an English naval officer and courtier; Basil Feilding, 2nd Earl of Denbigh (c.1608-1675); William Feilding, 3rd Earl of Denbigh, 2nd Earl of Desmond (1640-1685), Custos Rotulorum of Leicestershire (1680-1681); Basil Feilding, 4th Earl of Denbigh, 3rd Earl of Desmond (1668-1717), a British peer, Teller of the Exchequer (1712-1715)...
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Migration of the Fieldings family to Ireland
Some of the Fieldings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fieldings family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ambrose Fielding from Northumberland settled in Virginia in 1667. Arnistead Fielding and his wife purchased land in Nova Scotia in 1774; and settled there with their six children.
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The Fieldings 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: Crescit sub pondere virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue thrives under oppression.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.