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Fynes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Fynes is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fynes family lived in Fiennes, in the region of Pas-de-Calais, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Fynes family


The surname Fynes was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor, Lords of the Cinque Ports, and Constables of Dover Castle. They are said to be descended from Conon de Fiennes, the Earl of Boulogne, of the county of Boulounais in Normandy. John de Fiennes accompanied William, Duke of Normandy in his conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. In England, William was the 1st Baron de Fiennes (circa 1160-1241). The family also remained in France where Robert de Fiennes was constable of France from 1350 to 1370.

Early History of the Fynes family


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Fynes Spelling Variations


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fynes family name include Finnes, Fienne, Fiennes and others.

Early Notables of the Fynes family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron Dacre (1472-1534), an English peer and soldier; Richard Fiennes, 7th Baron Dacre 'of the South' (c. 1557-1613) born at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, England, English peer; William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele (1582-1662), an English nobleman and politician, who...
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Migration of the Fynes family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Fynes family to immigrate North America:

Fynes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margery Fynes, who arrived in America in 1756

Fynes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Thomas Fynes, who settled in Philadelphia in 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Fynes (post 1700)


  • Henry Fynes Clinton (1781-1852), British classical scholar and chronologist
  • Fynes Moryson (1566-1630), English traveler

The Fynes Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortem posce animum
Motto Translation: Wish for a strong mind.


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