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The Follett surname comes from the Old French word "fol," meaning "mad," or "stupid." This in turn comes from the Latin word "follis" which formerly referred to anything filled with air, but which later took on metaphorical connotation of vanity. As a surname, it was most likely a nickname for a free-spirited or eccentric person, which was later adopted as a hereditary surname.

Follett Early Origins



The surname Follett was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from early times. The earliest record found of the name in Britain, is in the Domesday Book of 1086, which shows a William Folet in Kent. Follett may be descended from a family, which originated in Cotentin, in western Normandy. Of this line was Sampson Foliot, Seigneur, (or Lord) of Montfarville, near Cherbourg.

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Follett Spelling Variations


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Follett 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 Folet, Follet, Follett and others.

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Follett Early History


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Follett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Follett research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1147, 1158, and 1599 are included under the topic Early Follett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Follett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Follett Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Follett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Follett In Ireland


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Follett In Ireland



Some of the Follett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Follett or a variant listed above were:

Follett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ed Follett, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Henry Follett, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Follett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Follett, who landed in New England in 1730

Follett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Follett, who landed in New York in 1855

Follett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Follett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • Mary Follett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • Ann Follett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • John Follett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • Fanny Follett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Follett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Follett (post 1700)



  • John Fassett Follett (1831-1902), American Democrat politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1866-68; Speaker of the Ohio State House of Representatives, 1868
  • George A. Follett, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Fernie, 1926
  • Freeman W. Follett, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1934; Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 7th District, 1946
  • Elwin B. Follett (b. 1877), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Iosco District, 1913-15
  • Edward B. Follett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • David L. Follett, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 6th District, 1897
  • Charles Follett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1864; Circuit Judge in Ohio 5th Circuit, 1885-95
  • Benjamin Follett (1819-1864), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1860-61; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1860
  • A. D. Follett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1888
  • M. D. Follett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1864
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto



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: Quo virtus ducit scando
Motto Translation: I climb where virtue leads


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Follett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Follett 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.

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