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Faithfull

 

About the study

My registration of the Faithfull name results from many years of research. Colleagues: Debbie Kennett from Berkshire, Daphne White from New Zealand, and Janice Smart and I from Australia worked together to share our research and knowledge of the Faithfulls from Berkshire. Researching my husband’s ancestors led me to the Faithfulls who emigrated from Berkshire to settle in Australia 18th Feb 1844. We are also familiar with Brian Faithfull’s work that dates back to at least 1980. Brian went on to maintain an interest in the Faithfull name within the Guild of One Name Studies. I developed an interest in Family History after my father’s death in 1995. I have worked with certificates and other official documentation to trace my husband’s ancestors and my ancestors to when they arrived in Australia. During this time I was a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria.

Variant names

The variation of the surname – Faith, Faithfull, Faithfull, Feyth, Feythfull, Feythful, & Fathe. The earliest recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Feythful, burgess of Chichester, which was dated 1492, in "Medieval Records of Chichester", Sussex.  The surname, Faythful, with variant spellings Faithful and Faithfull, is particularly well recorded in Hampshire from the mid-16th Century.

Name origin

Faithfull - this interesting surname belongs to that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These nicknames were originally given with reference to a variety of personal characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, and to habits of dress and behaviour. The derivation, in this instance, is from the Middle English "fe(i)th", faithfulness, loyalty, used to denote a trustworthy person.

Distribution of the name

1 Faithful Actual Numbers

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The distribution of the Faithful surname in Great Britain in the 1881 census. (Map produced from Steve Archer's Surname Atlas CD.)

 

2 Faithful Per 100,000

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 The distribution of the Faithful surname in Great Britain in the 1881 census. (Map produced from Steve Archer's Surname Atlas CD.)

 

3 Faithfull Actual Numbers

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The distribution of the Faithfull surname in Great Britain in the 1881 census. (Map produced from Steve Archer's Surname Atlas CD.)

 

4 Faithfull Per 100,00

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The distribution of the Faithfull surname in Great Britain in the 1881 census. (Map produced from Steve Archer's Surname Atlas CD.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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