Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person of iron point which may have been made in reference to a soldier or warrior. The surname Fitchell originally derived from the Old English word Fiche which referred to iron point.
Early Origins of the Fitchell family
Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Fitchell family
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Fitchell Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fitchell has been recorded under many different variations, including Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.
Early Notables of the Fitchell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fitchell family to Ireland
Some of the Fitchell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Fitchell family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fitchell or a variant listed above: Matthew Fitch who settled in Virginia in 1606; fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; Enecha Fitch who purchased land in Virginia in 1624; James and Abigail Fitch who landed in Boston in 1635.
The Fitchell 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 Translation: Hope.
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