Fothergale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Fothergale family
The surname Fothergale was first found in Cumberland (now called Cumbria) at Fothergill, a seaside hamlet with a headland named Fothergill Head.
Generally it is thought that the etymology of the place is Viking in origin from "Fother's Ravine." 
Most of the family call themselves Scottish as the lion's share hail from there. "There is a Fothergill and a barony of Fothergill in Perth Retours, now Fortingal. The surname, however, seems to be derived from a place of the name in the North of England. " 
Early History of the Fothergale family
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Fothergale Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Fothergale occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Fothergill, Fothergil, Fottinghaul, Fotterall and others.
Early Notables of the Fothergale family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was The Reverend Marmaduke Fothergill (1652-1731), a Yorkshire clergyman, scholar of Christian liturgy and collector of books. His donated collection is held as the Fothergill Collection at York Minster Library.
Anthony Fothergill (1685?-1761), was an English theological writer, the youngest son of Thomas Fothergill of Brownber, Ravenstonedale, Westmorland. "Like his forefathers and descendants for many generations he owned Brownber, and lived and died there. Though he is said to have had no 'liberal education,' he published several theological works. " He seems to have acted as...
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Fothergale, or a spelling variation of the surname include:
Fothergale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century