Float History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Float family
The surname Float was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1155 when Ralph Flot held estates at Holme in that country.
Early History of the Float family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Float research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1281, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Float History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Float Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Float has been spelled many different ways, including Float, Flote, Flott, Floate, Flotte, Floater and many more.
Early Notables of the Float family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Float family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Floats to arrive in North America: 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..
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