as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates at Plymouth. They are believed to have been originally from Saxby Saphy in
about 1000 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fones research.Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1538, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1455, 1487, 1610 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Fones History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fones family name include Fowns, Fownes, Vownes, Faun, Faunce, Vaunce, Vaun, Fones, Foynes, Voynes, Phones, Phowns and many more.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fones surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Fones Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Fones (1610-1673), English settler from Suffolk arriving at the Massachusetts Bay Colony with her daughter Martha aboard the Lyon in 1631
Fones Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs S. A. Fones, aged 25, who landed in America from London, in 1906
- Mrs James R Fones, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Chas. A. Fones, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1907
- Helen Fones, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Mary Fones, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Dudley, England, in 1910
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Fones Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Christopher Fones, who landed in Canada in 1831
- Daniel Fones, who arrived in Canada in 1831