The origins of the Filman name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Kent
, where they took their name from some spot no longer known. However, the etymology of the name can be determined. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English roots fille,
which means full or fertile, and mere,
a word which meant lake.
Early Origins of the Filman family
The surname Filman was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times at the manor of Herst, in the parish of Otterden, since the rteign of Edward II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Filman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filman research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1688, 1588, 1653, 1622, 1676, 1657, 1707, 1648, 1720, 1689, 1683 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Filman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Filman Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Filman were recorded, including Fillmore, Filmore, Filmer, Filmere, Filmour and others.
Early Notables of the Filman family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Henry Filmer, a 16th-century English Protestant martyr, one of the Windsor Martyrs, during the reign of Henry VIII; William Fulman (1632-1688), an English antiquary; Sir Robert Filmer (c.
1588-1653), an English political theorist who defended the divine right of kings; Sir Robert... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Filman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Filman family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Filman family emigrate to North America:
Filman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Philip Filman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Filman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Filman, who landed in Canada in 1829