Fitzallen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fitzallen family

The surname Fitzallen was first found in Shropshire 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.

Roger Fitz Alan was Lord Mayor of London (1212-1214.)

Early records revealed an early entry for the family at Shrawardine in Shrewsbury. "Shrawardine Castle was built by Alan, a follower of the Conqueror's, and ancestor of the celebrated Fitz-Alans, which family held it under the crown for many ages to check the invasions of the Welsh. After having been the scene of many remarkable events, it was purchased in the reign of Elizabeth by Lord Chancellor Bromley." [1]

At one time, the family held Linchmere in Sussex: "Linchmere was held as of the honour of Arundel, by William de Perci, at an early period, and afterwards became the property of the family of Fitzalan." [1]

Askham-Bryan, or Great Askham in the West Riding of Yorkshire "derives its name partly from Bryan Fitz-Alain, who held it of the honour of Richmond, paying 5s. per annum to the warden of the castle of that town." [1]

Important Dates for the Fitzallen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzallen research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1134, 1511, 1580, 1306, 1376, 1346, 1397, 1430, 1381, 1415, 1397, 1399, 1400, 1412, 1405, 1403, 1405, 1412 and 1415 are included under the topic Early Fitzallen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fitzallen Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Fitzallen family (pre 1700)

Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel (c.1306-1376), English nobleman; medieval military leader, Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel (1346-1397), English medieval nobleman, military commander and Thomas FitzAlan (died 1430), medieval English knight; and Thomas Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundel and 10th Earl of Surrey (1381-1415), an English nobleman, one of the principals of the deposition of Richard II, and a major figure during the reign of Henry IV, when 16 his father was executed (1397) and his lands and titles forfeited, given as ward to King Richard's half-brother John Holland, 1st Duke...
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Fitzallen migration to the United States

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

Fitzallen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard FitzAllen, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzallen (post 1700)

  • MacDonald Peter Fitzallen (1830-1919), Australian pastoralist, entrepreneur and politician
  • Oscar Fitzallen Holcombe, American politician, Mayor of Houston, Texas for 22 years

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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