Firstolfe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Firstolfe family
The surname Firstolfe 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.  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.
Important Dates for the Firstolfe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firstolfe research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1361, 1380 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Firstolfe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Firstolfe Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Firstolfe family name include Fastalf, Fastoff, Fastolf, Fastoff, Fastolfe and others.
Early Notables of the Firstolfe 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...
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Migration of the Firstolfe family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Firstolfe surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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..
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