Fithie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Fitzhugh, meaning son of Hugh, has many variants as a result of colloquial pronunciations of the name.
Early Origins of the Fithie family
The surname Fithie was first found in Yorkshire where it is generally believed that this name claims descent from a feudal chief named Bardolph, who was Lord of Bavensworth, shortly after the Conquest. The surname had various early spellings but one of the first listings was of Henry Fitz-Hugh who was summoned to Parliament as Baron Fitz-Hugh during the time of King Edward III.  Another early entry was found in Gloucestershire in 1344, when John Fitz Huwe was mentioned in the Calendar Post Inquisitions.
Important Dates for the Fithie family
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Fithie Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Fitzhugh, Fitchew, Fitchie, Fithie, Fithye and others.
Early Notables of the Fithie family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry FitzHugh, 3rd Baron FitzHugh KG (c.?1363–1425), an English administrator and diplomat who served under Henry IV and Henry V, Chamberlain of the Household (1413–1425), Treasurer of England (1416-1421); and his son, William FitzHugh, 4th Baron FitzHugh (c. 1399-1452), an English nobleman and Member of Parliament; and Robert...
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Fithie migration to the United States
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fithie or a variant listed above:
Fithie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Fithie, who arrived in Alabama in 1877
Contemporary Notables of the name Fithie (post 1700)
- James Fithie, on record in Alabama in 1877
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.