Early Origins of the Fillenworthay family
The surname Fillenworthay was first found in Lincolnshire
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 prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the year 1172 when Alan of Fillingham succeeded to the estates in that county. He was probably descended from the Domesday Book tenant
taken in 1086 of the lands and village of Fillingham, Anschitil from Roger de Poitou, a Norman Baron.
Early History of the Fillenworthay family
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Fillenworthay Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Fillenworthay have been found, including Fillingham, Fillingworth, Fillesworth, Fillingley, Fillenworth, Fillenwarth, Fillingwarth, Fillinham and many more.
Early Notables of the Fillenworthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fillenworthay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Fillenworthay were among those contributors: 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..