There are several different lineages of Faucett’s. According to the Historical Research Center the Faucett name appears in their databases back to England, Ireland and France. We have successful documented that our Faucett lingeage in from England.
The English family name Faucett is of toponymic origin, that is, it was based on the name of the town or village from whence the first bearer of the name hailed. According to Histroical Research Center, the surname Faucett originally referred to a person from Fawcett in Westmorland. Some of the numerous Yorkshire Fawcetts, probably derive from Forcett in NR Yorkshire, which is indistinguishable in pronunciation from “Fawcett”. Variants of this surname include Fausset, Faucssett and Fawcett. Early references to this surname or to a variant include a record of one Robert Fawsett, who appears in the “Register of the Free Men of the City of York” in 1548. The Center also finds a registered William Faucett, who is listed in the Heart Tax of Suffolk in 1674.
Research is ongoing as it is quite likely that this name has been documented even earlier than the date indicated above. The modern spelling of most English surnames is comparatively recent and is usually a phonetic rendering of the name which is fund in parish registers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. However, is should be noted that the name itself, in its various orthographic forms, may have been borne by the same family for a States in documents dating as early as 1684, in which year it is recorded that the emigration of Walter Faucet, settled in Pennsylvania.
In the specific case of our Faucett lineage, we have documentation leading back to John Fawcett in Lamborn, Durham, England in 1637. Generations later a Richard Fawcett having 6 children born in England with his wife traveled to North Carolina, America in approximately 1750. Once arriving in the Carolinas he had six more children. the six he had in England had their surname spelled FAWCETT. The six born in America he dropped the W and spelled all their surnames FAUCETT. Thus how we arrive at our current day Faucett surname.
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