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The earliest origins of the Follows surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a friend or comrade. The surname Follows originally derived from the Old English word Feolaza which affectionately meant "partner" or "shareholder." As a surname, it was likely taken on by a member of a trade guild.

Follows Early Origins



The surname Follows was first found in Huntingdon. However another branch of the family was later found at Shotesham in Norfolk. "Shotesham Park, the seat of Robert Fellowes, Esq., is a handsome mansion, erected by the late Mr. Fellowes, near the site of the ancient Hall, which was surrounded with a moat. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Follows Spelling Variations


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Follows Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Follows are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Follows include: Fellow, Fellows, Fellowes, Felloe and others.

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Follows Early History


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Follows Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Follows research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1820 and 1910 are included under the topic Early Follows History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Follows Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Follows Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Follows Notables 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Follows or a variant listed above: William Felloe who arrived in New England in 1635; William Fellow arrived in Barbados in 1678; William and Samuel Fellowes arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1630.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Follows (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Follows (post 1700)



  • Ruth Follows (1718-1809), born Ruth Alcock, English Quakeress from Weston, Nottinghamshire
  • Laurence Edward Follows (b. 1969), Canadian actor, known for his work on The Edison Twins (1985) and Littlest Hobo (1992)
  • Edwina Dawn Follows (b. 1961), Canadian five-time Genie Award nominated writer, best known for her work on F2: Forensic Factor (2003)
  • Edward James "Ted" Follows (b. 1926), Canadian actor, known for his work on Cold Comfort (1989), McQueen (1969) and Day of Resurrection (1980), father of Megan Follows
  • Samantha Marjorie Follows (b. 1965), Canadian actress, known for her work on Mrs. Soffel (1984) and Under My Skin (1995)
  • Megan Elizabeth Follows (b. 1968), Canadian two-time Genie Award winning, six-time Genie Award nominated actress, best known for her role as Anne Shirley in the 1985 Canadian television miniseries Anne of Green Gables and its two sequels
  • Sir Denis Follows CBE (1908-1983), British sports administrator, Chairman of the British Olympic Association
  • Dave Follows (1941-2003), British cartoonist whose strip appeared in the Sunday Times supplement, Funday Times for over 15 years 1990 to 2006

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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: Patientia et perseverantia cum magnanimitate
Motto Translation: Patience and perseverance with magnanimity.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. 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).
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The Follows Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Follows 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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