Show ContentsFollows History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

"Besides its more proper meaning of ' companion,' the word Fellow is used in some dialects to signify a young unmarried man, or a servant engaged in husbandry. Chaucer uses the phrase 'a proper felawe' to denote a well-formed young man." [1]

Early Origins of the Follows family

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. " [2]

Walter Felagh was one of the first records of the family. He was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1256. Robert le Felagh was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [3] John Felagh was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III.) [4]

Early History of the Follows family

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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.

Early Notables of the Follows family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Follows family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Follows (post 1700) +

  • Ruth Follows (1718-1809), born Ruth Alcock, English Quakeress from Weston, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of Richard and Ruth Alcock, who were poor Quakers [5]
  • 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

The Follows 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.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook