The history of the Fillingim family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the town of Fillingham
Early Origins of the Fillingim family
The surname Fillingim was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
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 Domesday Book
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.
Early History of the Fillingim family
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Fillingim Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Filingham, Fillingham, Felingham, Fellingham and many more.
Early Notables of the Fillingim family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fillingim family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Fillingim or a variant listed above were: Francis Fillingham who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1637.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fillingim (post 1700)
- Dana Fillingim (1893-1961), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1915 to 1925, known for his spitball, one of the few pitchers allowed to continue throwing the pitch after it was outlawed in 1921