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STRINGFELLOW Family History
This very unusual surname is of medieval English origin, and has two distinct possible origins. Firstly, it may be an occupational name for a bow-stringer or maker of bow-strings, derived from the Middle English "string", string, with "felaw", fellow, the latter element deriving ultimately from the Olde English pre 7th Century "feolaga", partner, shareholder. In Middle English the term was used in the general sense of companion or comrade, and the surname thus probably denoted a (fellow) member of a trade guild, in this case, bow-stringers.
Famous Stringfellow People
Rosalie Sorrels née Stringfellow- The Travelin’ Lady an Idaho artist whom began her career as a singer/ songwriter, and folklorist in the 1950's. A folk legend in her own right, Rosalie carved her mark into American culture with her D-28 and her unforgettable voice.
Among her many albums were Be Careful, There's a Baby in the House (1990) and Report from Grimes Creek (1991) for the Green Linnet label. Known for her storytelling as well as her songs, Sorrels played virtually every major folk festival in the U.S. during her career. Continuing to tour and record into the 2000s, she died in 2017 at the age of 83.
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