Early Origins of the Filen family
The surname Filen was first found in Dorset
shire where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history prevailed after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience dominated. The family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Filen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filen research.Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1510, 1600, 1046, 1092, 1166, 1153, 1451, 1083, 1137, 1432, 1541, 1542, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Filen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Filen Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Filiol, Filliol, Fillon, Filon, Filone, Fillioll, Filleul, Filliel, Fileul and many more.
Early Notables of the Filen family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Filen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Filen family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Filen or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..