Origins of Fotheringham:
This attractive and unusual surname is of Scottish origin and is a geographical name from Fothringham, near Forfar, which itself looks to have come from Fotheringhay in Northamptonshire, which was held in the 12th Century by the royal family of Scotland as part of the recognition of Huntingdon. The place in Northamptonshire acquired from the Olde English pre 7th Century "fodring," which means feeding, a copy of "fodor," which means grain, and "eg," which means island, low-lying land, and was first noted as "Fodringeia," in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the example of the Scottish place, the final component has replaced by the Olde English "ham," which means home. The surname advancement since 1261 contains a Walter de Fodringgeye (1291, Scotland); Huwe de Foderingeye (1296, Perth); Henry de Foddrynghame (1358, Perth); and Henry de Fodrynghay (1364, Brechin). The new surname can appear as Fotheringham, Fothringham, Fotringham and Fotringham. Among the documentations in Scotland are the weddings of David Fotheringham and Margaret Ker in March 1602, at Midlothian, and of James Fotheringham and Marion Gibson in December 1669, also at Midlothian.
More common variations are: Fotheringhame, Fothringham, Fotherhingham, Fotheingham, Footheringham, Fatheringham, Futheringham, Fathingham, Featheringham
The surname Fotheringham first appeared in Angus where they held a family seat from old times. Some say well before the Norman Invasion and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Dominus Robert de Ffodryngay, dated about 1261, in the "Register of Panmure," Brechin-Barclay, Edinburgh, Scotland. It was during the time of King Alexander III, dated 1249 – 1286.
Many of the people with surname Fotheringham had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Fotheringham landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 18th and 19th. Some of the people with the name Fotheringham who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included John Fotheringham who settled in South Carolina in 1716.
The following century saw more Fotheringham surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Fotheringham who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included W Fotheringham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851.
Some of the individuals with the surname Fotheringham who landed in Australia in the 19th century included James Fotheringham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839. Douglas Fotheringham at the age of 27, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane." Margaret Fotheringharn at the age of 21, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North."
Some of the population with the surname Fotheringham who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included J. S. Fotheringham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Timaru" in 1870. Margaret Fotheringham also arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Timaru" in the same year 1870. John Fotheringham at the age of 21, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oamaru" in 1878.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Fotheringham: Scotland 1,188; England 1,167; United States 834; Australia 581; Canada 542; South Africa 402; Germany 168; Argentina 119; New Zealand 71; Switzerland 63.
Alasdair Fotheringham was a British commentator.
Allan Fotheringham (born 1932), is a Canadian announcer.
Henry Fotheringham (born 1953), is an old South African cricket player.
John Knight Fotheringham (1874–1936), was a British biographer who was an expert on old astrophotography and chronology.
Kevin Fotheringham (born 1975), is a Scottish football player with East Fife.
Mark Fotheringham (born 1957), is an old Australian rules football player.
Mark Fotheringham (born 1983), is a Scottish football player with Fulham.
Philip Fotheringham-Parker (1907–1981), was an English racecar driver.