Fiens is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Fiens family lived in Fiennes,
in the region of Pas-de-Calais, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Fiens family
The surname Fiens was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor, Lords of the Cinque Ports, and Constables of Dover Castle. They are said to be descended from Conon de Fiennes, the Earl of Boulogne, of the county of Boulounais in Normandy
. John de Fiennes accompanied William, Duke of Normandy
in his conquest of England
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. In England
, William was the 1st Baron
de Fiennes (circa 1160-1241). The family also remained in France where Robert de Fiennes was constable of France from 1350 to 1370.
Early History of the Fiens family
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Fiens Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Finnes, Fienne, Fiennes and others.
Early Notables of the Fiens family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron
Dacre (1472-1534), an English peer and soldier; Richard Fiennes, 7th Baron
Dacre 'of the South' (c.
1557-1613) born at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex
, England, English peer; William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele (1582-1662), an English nobleman and politician, who... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fiens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fiens family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Fiens or a variant listed above: Richard Fine, who sailed to Virginia in 1624; Charles and Thomas Fiennes, who came to Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Margery Fynes, who arrived in America in 1756.
The Fiens 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: Fortem posce animum
Motto Translation: Wish for a strong mind.
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