of 1066. The Fillingame family lived in the town of
at Fillingham from ancient times. Conjecturally they were descended from a Norman noble, Anschitil, who held the manor and village of Fillingham from both Roger of Poitou and the King, which is recorded in the
taken in 1086 A.D. Originally called Felingeham this ancient Roman site and church descended to the Lords of the manor of Fillingham about the 12th century.
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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 Filingham, Fillingham, Felingham, Fellingham and many more.
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 Fillingame or a variant listed above: Francis Fillingham who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1637.