Fotterbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Fotterbey comes from the family having resided in Fotherby, a parish, in the union of Louth, wapentake of Ludborough, parts of Lindsey in Lincolnshire. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Fotterbey family

The surname Fotterbey was first found in Lincolnshire at Fotherby. The place dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Fodrebi. [3] Literally the place name means "farmstead of a man called Fotr" or "farmstead which supplies fodder," from the Viking personal name "fothr" + "by." [4]

The first record of the family was Ranulf de Foterby who was listed in 1250. [5]

Early History of the Fotterbey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fotterbey research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1549, 1619, 1596, 1615, 1618 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Fotterbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fotterbey Spelling Variations

Fotterbey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fotherby, Fotherbey and others.

Early Notables of the Fotterbey family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Martin Fotherby (1549?-1619), Bishop of Salisbury, son of Maurice Fotherby, a resident at Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He became Prebendary and Archdeacon of Canterbury in 1596, and in 1615 was presented to the deanery. Three years afterwards, being chaplain to James I, he was appointed to...
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Migration of the Fotterbey family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fotterbeys to arrive on North American shores: Susan Fotherby who settled in Rappahannnock in the year 1727.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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