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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Fine family, who lived in Fiennes, in the region of Pas-de-Calais, Normandy.

Fine Early Origins



The surname Fine was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor, Lords of the Cinque Ports, and Constables of Dover Castle. They are said to be descended from Conon de Fiennes, the Earl of Boulogne, of the county of Boulounais in Normandy. John de Fiennes accompanied William, Duke of Normandy in his conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. In England, William was the 1st Baron de Fiennes (circa 1160-1241). The family also remained in France where Robert de Fiennes was constable of France from 1350 to 1370.

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Fine Spelling Variations


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Fine Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fine were recorded, including Finnes, Fienne, Fiennes and others.

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Fine Early History


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Fine Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fine research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1496, 1472, 1534, 1557, 1613, 1st , 1582, 1662, 1602, 1674, 1625, 1660, 1608 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Fine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fine Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron Dacre (1472-1534), an English peer and soldier; Richard Fiennes, 7th Baron Dacre 'of the South' ( c. 1557-1613) born at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, England, English peer; William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele (1582-1662), an English nobleman and politician, who...

Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Fine arrived in North America very early:

Fine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Fine sailed to Virginia in 1624
  • Richard Fine, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Timothy Fine, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Fine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hubert Fine, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • John Fine, aged 20, landed in New York in 1719

Fine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Dean H.B. Fine, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Sam Fine, who landed in Mississippi in 1906
  • E. Fine, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Agnes Fine, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Bray Ireland, in 1909
  • Annie Fine, aged 17, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fine (post 1700)



  • Morris Eugene Fine (1918-2015), American Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering in Service and Member of the Graduate Faculty at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • Tommy Fine (1914-2005), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Sylvia Fine (1913-1991), American songwriter, wife of the comedian Danny Kaye
  • Reuben Fine (1914-1993), American four-time gold chess Olympiad
  • Larry Fine (1902-1975), stage name of Louis Feinberg, American comedian and actor, best known as one of the Three Stooges
  • John Sydney Fine (1893-1978), American politician, 35th Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Irving Fine (1914-1962), American composer
  • Gary Alan Fine (b. 1950), American sociologist and author
  • Benjamin Fine (1905-1975), American journalist and author who worked at The New York Times
  • Arthur Fine (b. 1937), American philosopher of science at the University of Washington
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fine Historic Events


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Fine Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Francis James Fine, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Fine


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Suggested Readings for the name Fine



  • Vinett Fine and His Descendants by Emerrett Goff Fine.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortem posce animum
Motto Translation: Wish for a strong mind.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Fine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fine Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 January 2016 at 14:58.

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