This interesting name is Anglo-Saxon in origin and is a locational name which can acquire from the place called "Fawcett" in Cumberland or from "Facit" in Lancashire. "Fawcett" recorded in 1247 as "Faxide", and in 1282 as "Fausyde", while "Facit" first noted in the Records of Whalley Abbey, Lancashire circa 1250 as "Fagheside". More common variations are: Facetti, Fowcett, Fawsett, Fawcitt, Faucett, Fwcett, Facett, Fawcet, Fawecett, Fawcette.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of John del Fawside, dated 11332, in the Cumberland Subsidy rolls. It was during the reign of King Edward 111, who was known as "The Father of the Navy" dated 1327-1377. Surname all over the country became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.
Some of the people with the name Fawcett who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Adam Fawcett purchased land in Virginia in 1654. Adam Fawcett, who landed in Virginia in 1654. Some of the people with the surname Fawcett who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Cath Fawcett, aged 21, who landed in New Castle in 1804. People with the surname Fawcett who landed in the Canada in the 18th century included John Fawcett, who arrived in Nova Scotia with his wife Jane in 1774. Robert Fawcett, aged 30, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774. Some of the people with the surname Fawcett who arrived in the Canada in the 19th century included Thomas Fawcett, who landed in Prince Edward Island in 1817.