Phenshawe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Phenshawe is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at Fanshawe Gate Hall in the county of Derbyshire. 
Another source notes that name was derived from "fane, a temple or church, and shaw, a small wood or grove, a thicket—the church in the grove." 
Early Origins of the Phenshawe family
The surname Phenshawe 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.
Earlier John ffawnchall, Fanshawe was listed here in 1490. 
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 Phenshawe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phenshawe research. Another 69 words (5 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 Phenshawe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phenshawe Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Phenshawe has been spelled many different ways, including Fanshaw, Fanshawe and others.
Early Notables of the Phenshawe 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 the...
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Migration of the Phenshawe family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Phenshawes to arrive in North America: Richard Fanshaw who settled in Virginia in 1635; Sibilla Fanshaw settled in Virginia in 1726.
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print