Early Origins of the Firstolf family
The surname Firstolf was first found in Norfolk
at the coastal town of Yarmouth (Great Yarmouth.) Fastolf was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 and later in 1291, Alexander, and William Fastolf were listed in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Thomas Fastolf of Reedham and Great Yarmouth was one of the first records of the name. He was father to Nicholas Fastolf (died 1330), an English judge who is generally thought to have been the first judge to hold the office of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
and Thomas Fastolf (Fastolfe) who died in 1361, an English canon lawyer and Bishop of St David's.
Early History of the Firstolf family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firstolf research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1361, 1380 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Firstolf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Firstolf 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 Firstolf were recorded, including Fastalf, Fastoff, Fastolf, Fastoff, Fastolfe and others.
Early Notables of the Firstolf family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Fastolf of Caister-on-Sea; and his son, Sir John Fastolf KG
(1380-1459), an English knight during the Hundred
Years War, inspiration for Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff. For his efforts in France, he was... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Firstolf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Firstolf 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 Firstolf family emigrate to North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..