The name Fincham was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Fincham family lived in the town of Fincham
. The name of this place derives from the Old English word finc,
which means finch,
which means homestead.
Early Origins of the Fincham family
The surname Fincham was first found in Warwickshire
where they were granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally they were descended from Robert Achard, the tutor of King Henry I, who was granted five manors in the county of Berkshire by his liege lord, one of these manors being Finchamstede or Finchamstead. It is believed that Robert's descendants in that manor became the Lords of Fincham.
Early History of the Fincham family
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Fincham 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 Fincham have been found, including Fincham, Finchamsted, Finchamstead, Finchem, Finshaw, Finsher and many more.
Early Notables of the Fincham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fincham 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 Fincham were among those contributors:
Fincham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Fincham, who arrived in Barbados in 1685 from whence he moved to Jamaica and thence to the mainland
Fincham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George R Fincham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STEBONHEATH 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stebonheath.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Fincham (post 1700)
- Joe Fincham (b. 1964), American football coach and former player
- Gordon Fincham (b. 1935), former English football player
- John Robert Stanley Fincham (1926-2005), noted British geneticist
- Peter Fincham (b. 1956), British television producer and executive