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The surname Fettiplace probably comes from the old French faites place, meaning "'make room," a shout given by bodyguards of the French Kings and nobility.  Current spellings are Fetterplace in England and Phetteplace in America.  

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England.  The Fettiplaces are said to have first arrived in England with William the Conqueror.  The first notable recorded family member was Adam Fettiplace who was Mayor of Oxford for eleven terms between 1245 andl 1268.  His family's estate was North Denchworth in Berkshire.

The Fettiplaces became prominent at court.  Family members were knighted during the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII.  During the latter's reign, Sir Thomas Fettiplace of Compton Beauchamp in Berkshire accompanied the King to the Field of the Cloth of Gold to meet the French King in 1520.  Another Fettiplace was part of the entourage that escorted Anne of Cleves to England.   John Fettiplace of Besselsleigh was an MP in the 1550's. 

Most of the family supported King Charles in the English Civil War and suffered as a result.  The main branch of the family then died out in the early 18th century.  Still, there remain the monuments to them at Swinbrook church in Oxfordshire.   One commentary on their contribution ran as follows:
 
"It has sometimes been said of the Fettiplaces that they never distinguished themselves in the field, the forum, or the senate, but, notwithstanding this, the family constituted a kaleidoscopic and very interesting group of individuals.  They illustrated the best traditions of the life lived by English country gentlemen and, residing as they did on their hereditary estates, the villages and neighborhoods around them long felt the resulting benefits."

America.  The US Phetteplace spelling was originally a misspelling - dating back to the time of Phillip Fettiplace arriving in Rhode Island around 1680.  According to Rhode Island records, fifteen members of the Phetteplace family were enrolled for service in the Revolutionary War.  Many Phetteplaces later headed west to Wisconsin.  Edward Phetteplace's 1983 book Genealogies of the Phetteplace Family has traced the lineage.

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Adam Fettiplace
was a prominent civic leader of Oxford in the mid 13th century.
Sir Thomas Fettiplace was an English courtier at the time of Henry VIII.

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  • 100 in the UK (most numerous in London)
  • 200 in America (most numerous in Wisconsin) 

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