Fussell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fussell family

The surname Fussell was first found in Cambridgeshire 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 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Fussell family

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Fussell Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fussell has been recorded under many different variations, including Fusswell, Fussell, Fuswell, Fuswel, Fussel and many more.

Early Notables of the Fussell family (pre 1700)

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Fussell migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fussell or a variant listed above:

Fussell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Simon Fussell, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Fussell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Fussell, who landed in Texas in 1830 [1]

Fussell migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fussell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Fussell, (b. 1864), aged 5 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [2]
  • Mr. Aaron Fussell, (b. 1835), aged 29, British labourer travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [2]
  • Mr. William Fussell, (b. 1837), aged 27, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [2]
  • Miss Harriett Fussell, (b. 1838), aged 26, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [2]
  • Miss Emily Fussell, (b. 1841), aged 23, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fussell (post 1700)

  • Frederick Morris Fussell (1895-1966), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1922 to 1929
  • Edwin Sill Fussell Ph.D. (1922-2002), American professor of English literature at the University of California at San Diego, older brother of Paul Fussell
  • Betty Harper Fussell (b. 1927), American award-winning writer whose eleven books are on varied subjects including biography, cookbooks, food history and memoirs
  • Paul Fussell (1924-2012), American cultural and literary historian, and professor emeritus of English literature of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Chris Fussell (b. 1976), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1998 to 2000
  • Philip Hillier Fussell (b. 1931), English first-class cricketer for Somerset in two matches in the 1950s
  • James Fussell IV (1748-1832), English iron magnate in Somerset, inventor of the Balance lock, a type of boat lift
  • Sandy Fussell (b. 1960), Australian award-winning children's author
  • Richard Fussell (b. 1984), Welsh rugby union winger

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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