Fones History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Fones family
The surname Fones was first found in Devon where they held a family seat 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 Worcestershire about 1000 A.D.
Early History of the Fones family
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, 1673, 1560, 1625, 1172, 1697 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Fones History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fones Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Fones family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fones family to Ireland
Some of the Fones family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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
Fones Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fones Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century