Fitzwaren History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Fitzwaren family
The surname Fitzwaren was first found in Yorkshire where the original scion of the Fitzwarren name is somewhat of a mystery. It has been established that there was a FitzWarren at the Battle of Hastings by both Duchesne and Hollinshed. William de Warren whose father had been Ralph de Warren of St.Aubin le Cauf in Normandy, the father of FitzWarren was a powerful Norman Baron and was also present at Hastings and was granted many lordships, principally in Yorkshire. 
It was Norman custom to disallow the use of the father's surname whilst he was still alive, hence his son must have been FitzWarren. When William de Warren died he was succeeded by William de Warren II (previously FitzWarren). William de Warren II then became Earl of Warren and Surrey and married Elizabeth (daughter of the great Earl of Vermandois. However, it must be presumed to be a second marriage and that under his previous name FitzWarren he had progeny which would initiate the name FitzWarren who would become the Baron FitzWarren who would attend Parliament in 1295 and who held estates in Dorset, Somerset, Lancaster, and Whittington, Salop.
Some of the family held estates at Wantage in Berkshire since ancient times. "This town is celebrated as the birthplace, in 849, of Alfred the Great, and as a royal residence in the time of the West Saxons. It was made a borough after the Conquest, through the influence of Fulk Fitz-Warren, who had obtained a grant of the manor from Bigod, earl-marshal of England." 
Continuing the search in Berkshire, early records of the family were found in the parish of Lambourn. "This place formed part of the dower of Ealswitha, queen of Alfred the Great, and continued in royal demesne under Edward the Confessor; after the Conquest it was given to the baronial family of Fitzwarren, at whose instance a market and three fairs were granted to it by Henry III." 
Interestingly, in Chittlehampton, Devon, where one branch descends through the Cobleigh family. "They succeeded by marriage a younger branch of the Fitzwarrens, who had taken the name of Brightley from their estate ; and this was brought by the heiress of the Cobleighs to a younger branch of the Giffards of Halsbury, who held it for several descents. " 
Early History of the Fitzwaren family
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Fitzwaren Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled FitzWarren, Fitzwaren, Fitzwarrine, Fitzwarine, Fitzwarin and many more.
Early Notables of the Fitzwaren family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was the Fitzwarren family of Derbyshire. Sir Fulk FitxWarine was knighted by King Edward I in 1306. Sir William was one of the founders of...
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Migration of the Fitzwaren family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Fitzwaren or a variant listed above were: bearers of the name who arrived beginning in 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..
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- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital