Early Origins of the Filbey family
The surname Filbey was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Filby, held by Thorold, Sheriff of Lincolnshire
, from William de Warrenne, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. At the time of the Domesday the village contained 10 salthouses and was surrounded by Filbey Broad.
Early History of the Filbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filbey research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1273, 1280, 1315, 1325, 1557, 1582, 1582 and 1886 are included under the topic Early Filbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Filbey Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Filbey are characterized by many spelling variations
. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Filbey include Filby, Filbey, Filbee, Filbie, Philby, Philbey, Phillbee, Fylbey, Fylby and many more.
Early Notables of the Filbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Filbey family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Filbey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Filbey, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"