Early Origins of the Filgate family
The surname Filgate was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1203 when Godwin de Fieldgate held estates in the county.
Early History of the Filgate family
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Filgate Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Filgate family name include Fieldgate, Fellgate, Felgate, Fellgett, Filgate, Fieldgett, Feelgate, Fielgate, Fillgate and many more.
Early Notables of the Filgate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Filgate family to Ireland
Some of the Filgate family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Filgate family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Filgate surname or a spelling variation of the name include: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.
Contemporary Notables of the name Filgate (post 1700)
- Edward "Eddie" Filgate (1915-2017), Irish Irish Fianna Fáil politician and centurion, he served as Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth (1977-1982)