Fitzhugh 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. "The great baronial race of this name descended from a feudal chief named Bardolph, who was Lord of Ravensworth, co. York, at the period of the Conquest. The surname was not fixed until the time of Edward III., when Henry Fitz-Hugh was summoned to Parliament as Baron Fitz-Hugh." [1]

Early Origins of the Fitzhugh family

The surname Fitzhugh 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 Ravensworth, shortly after the Conquest.

Another early entry was found in Gloucestershire in 1344, when John Fitz Huwe was mentioned in the Calendar Post Inquisitions. [2]

Early History of the Fitzhugh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzhugh research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1492, 1497, 1609, 1363, 1425, 1413, 1425, 1416, 1421, 1399, 1452, 1431, 1436, 1424, 1426, 1505, 1488, 1505, 1455 and 1507 are included under the topic Early Fitzhugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fitzhugh Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Fitzhugh, Fitchew, Fitchie, Fithie, Fithye and others.

Early Notables of the Fitzhugh family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry FitzHugh, 3rd Baron FitzHugh KG (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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United States Fitzhugh migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Fitzhugh or a variant listed above:

Fitzhugh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Fitzhugh, who settled in Maryland in 1670
  • William Fitzhugh, who settled in Virginia in 1670
  • William Fitzhugh, who landed in Virginia in 1670 [3]
  • Henry Fitzhugh, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [3]
  • Robert Fitzhugh, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1696 [3]
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Fitzhugh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Norman R. Fitzhugh, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1818
  • W. S. Fitzhugh, who landed in New York in 1820
  • F. N. Fitzhugh, who sailed to San Francisco in 1855
  • F N Fitzhugh, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzhugh (post 1700) +

  • Henry Fitzhugh (1801-1866), American merchant, businessman and politician
  • William Fitzhugh (1741-1809), American politician, Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Virginia in 1779; he and his wife built Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Steve Fitzhugh (b. 1963), American former football player with the Denver Broncos
  • Percy Keese Fitzhugh (1876-1950), American author of nearly 100 books for children and young adults, most of his work has a Boy Scouting theme in the fictional town of Bridgeboro, New Jersey
  • Louise Fitzhugh (1928-1974), American writer and illustrator of children's books, known best for the novel Harriet the Spy and the two sequels
  • Charles Lane Fitzhugh (1838-1923), American Union Army colonel during the American Civil War
  • George Fitzhugh (1806-1881), American polemicist and pioneer sociologist, a prominent defender of slavery
  • William Fitzhugh Brundage (b. 1961), American historian
  • Philip FitzHugh Radcliffe (1905-1986), English composer, musicologist, and writer
  • Fitzhugh Mullan (1942-2019), American physician, writer, educator, and social activist, member of the National Academy of Medicine


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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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