Follsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Follsworth family

The surname Follsworth was first found in Cambridgeshire at Folksworth, a small village and parish, in the union of Peterborough, hundred of Norman-Cross. Traditionally part of Huntingdonshire, the village has remained small over the centuries but dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Folchesworde. [1] Literally, the place name means "enclosure of a man called Folc," from the Old English personal name + "worth." [2] St Helen's Church on Morborne Road was first built in 1150 AD and was later restored in 1850.

Important Dates for the Follsworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Follsworth research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1541, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Follsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Follsworth Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Follsworth include Folksworth, Foulkesworth, Foulksworth, Folkesworth, Follsworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Follsworth family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Follsworth family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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