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

The ancestors of the Fodge family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Fodge was a name given to a person of iron point which may have been made in reference to a soldier or warrior. The surname Fodge originally derived from the Old English word Fiche which referred to iron point.

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Fodge has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fodge research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1359, 1398, 1612, 1704, 1638 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Fodge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fodge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fodge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fodges to arrive on North American shores: Matthew Fitch who settled in Virginia in 1606; fourteen years before the "Mayflower"; Enecha Fitch who purchased land in Virginia in 1624; James and Abigail Fitch who landed in Boston in 1635.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esperance
Motto Translation: Hope.

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The Fodge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fodge 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.

This page was last modified on 5 September 2013 at 13:08.

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