Fonsh is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Fonsh family once lived at Fanshawe Gate Hall in the county of Derbyshire.
Early Origins of the Fonsh family
The surname Fonsh was first found in Derbyshire
. The family held high distinction at Fanshawe Gate from early times. This was the site where Thomas Fanshawe (1533-1601), the Queen's Remembrancer and his descendants hailed. Very little is known of the earlier lineage apart from the fact that he was the eldest son of John Fanshawe of Fanshawe Gate and had an uncle name Henry Fanshawe. In addition to Fanshawe Gate, he held estates in Ware Park, Hertfordshire
and Jenkins, in Barking, Essex; presumably some were inherited through the family.
Early History of the Fonsh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fonsh research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1533, 1601, 1569, 1616, 1596, 1665, 1621, 1661, 1608, 1666, 1625 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Fonsh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fonsh 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 Fonsh family name include Fanshaw, Fanshawe and others.
Early Notables of the Fonsh family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Fanshawe (1533-1601), English Remembrancer of the Exchequer; Sir Henry Fanshawe (1569-1616), an English Remembrancer of the Exchequer; Thomas Fanshawe, 1st Viscount Fanshawe KB (1596-1665), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1661, supporter of the Royalist cause in... Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fonsh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fonsh family to the New World and Oceana
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 Fonsh surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Fanshaw who settled in Virginia in 1635; Sibilla Fanshaw settled in Virginia in 1726.