A worldwide study of the surname and variants, which comes together in a One Named Society with members from, England, Canada, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Featherston, Fetherstone, Fetherston, Fetherstonhaugh, Fetherstonehalgh,Featherstonehaugh, Featherstonehalgh, Featherson, Feverstone Featherstun are just some of the variants I have found.
A DNA project was started in 2004 to try and give some insight into the origins of the name, we started on the �presumption that the name may have come from the Castle, first results indicate that this may not be true, but more results are needed to draw any conclusions at this stage of the project.
Helias Federstonhaugh owned the Castle Featherstone around 1215 near Haltwhistle in Northumberland.
The name can be found in greater numbers in the English counties of Durham, North & East Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Kent, Devon- Back to when Parish records began. The first known Featherstone in the U.S.A. was around 1612, although he was known to have died during the expedition, many have followed. There are many in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Ireland is thought to have the name via a settlement after the English civil war.
To date I have collected Births Deaths and Marriages from the beginning of Civil registration up to 1911, Many family tree's from around the world, and lots of census material, this collection keeps growing.
First World War records and parish records are being developed.
From a very small sample so far it would appear our names are location based.
http://www.featherstone-society.com for details of our Society.
http://www.featherstone-society.com/Indexes/ for records accumulated on our web site
http://www.familytreedna.com/public/featherstone/default.aspx?/publicwebsite.aspx for details of our DNA project
http://www.featherstonesociety.myheritage.com You may need to request membership to view
http://www.feathgen.wordpress.com a blog of interesting research
http://www.featherstone.org A site containing our archives a new project still in development
For further information, contact:
Mr William P Featherstone
14 Heddon Grove,
Stockton on Tees,
This page last updated 13 January 2012.
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