The surname Fitzhugh, meaning son of Hugh, has many variants as a result of colloquial pronunciations of the name.
Early Origins of the Fithye family
The surname Fithye 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another early entry was found in Gloucestershire
in 1344, when John Fitz Huwe was mentioned in the Calendar Post Inquisitions.
Early History of the Fithye family
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Fithye Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Fitzhugh, Fitchew, Fitchie, Fithie, Fithye and others.
Early Notables of the Fithye family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry FitzHugh, 3rd Baron
(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
1399-1452), an English nobleman and... Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fithye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fithye family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Fithye or a variant listed above: Henry Fitzhugh, who settled in Maryland in 1670; William Fitzhugh, who settled in Virginia in 1670; Robert Fitzhugh, who immigrated to Boston in 1696.