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Fellingham Coat of Arms / Fellingham Family Crest

Fellingham Coat of Arms / Fellingham Family Crest

The surname of FELLINGHAM was a locational name 'of Felmingham' a small place in County Norfolk. The name literally meant the dweller by the newly cultivated land. The name was derived from the Old English word 'faelging'. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention FELLYNG (without surname) who was recorded in the year 1220 in County Norfolk and FELMINCHAM (without surname) was documented in the year 1175. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village early times, has served to name many families. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. A later instance mentions Edward FELLING of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Amory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.


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