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Where did the English Fitzalan family come from? What is the English Fitzalan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fitzalan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fitzalan family history?


Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled FitzAlan, FitzAlain, FitzFlaald, FitzAllan, FitzAllen, FitzAlen and many more.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. Many of these nobles were from Brittany, under the leadership of Count Alan and his brother, and were Barons who had joined the Duke of Normandy in the crossing to Hastings. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between the Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Oswaldestre who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. He also held Mileham in Norfolk. Baron FitzFlaald (Alain) was descended from Alain FitzFlaald (his father or grandfather) in Dol and Dinan in Brittany. He was the Sire of Dinan. He must also have been direct kin of Count Alain the Red and Count Alan the Black who received so many estates from the Conqueror. It is believed he was a grandson of William the Conqueror.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzalan research. Another 357 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1134, 1511, 1580, 1306, 1376, 1346, 1397, 1430, 1381, 1415, 16 h, 1397, 1st , 1399, 1400, 1412, 1405, 1403, 1405, 1412 and 1415 are included under the topic Early Fitzalan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 895 words(64 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzalan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Fitzalan, or a variant listed above: 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..


  • Marsha Fitzalan (b. 1953), English film actress


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Fitzalan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitzalan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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