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Where did the German Fuchs family come from? What is the German Fuchs family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fuchs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fuchs family history?

The Fuchs surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Fuchs is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Fuchs was given to someone who lived in Franconia, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Fuchs include Fuchs, Fuchse, Fuchsen, Fuechs and others.

First found in Franconia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name is associated with ancient noble families from Tirol and Franconia, mentioned as knights in chronicles dating back to 1190. The Fuchs von Fuchsberg branch of Tyrol, where Ulrich Fuchs possessed a castle of the same name around 1267. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fuchs research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1501, 1566, 1622, 1781, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Fuchs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fuchs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Fuchs Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Christoph Fuchs, who came to New York in 1709-10
  • Johann Christoph Fuchs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Jacob Fuchs, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1728
  • Chr Fuchs, who arrived in America in 1731
  • Johann Franz Fuchs arrived in Philadelphia in 1732


Fuchs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • G Fuchs, aged 15, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • John S Fuchs, aged 45, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • J Henry Fuchs, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna E Fuchs, aged 43, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Eliz Fuchs, aged 12, landed in Pennsylvania in 1804


Fuchs Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Maria Fuchs, aged 60, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902

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  • Guenter Bruno Fuchs (1928-1977), German who despite his training as an artist, became a prominent satirical poet
  • Anke Fuchs (b. 1937), German Manager of the German Social Democratic Party
  • Hans Fuchs (b. 1926), German international finance official with the World Bank
  • Sir Vivian Ernest Fuchs (1908-1999), English explorer and geologist in Africa and Antarctica whose expeditionary team completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica in 1958
  • Richard Fuchs (1887-1947), New Zealand composer and architect
  • Jeno Fuchs (1882-1955), Hungarian winner of four gold Olympic medals at the 1908 and 1912 games


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The Fuchs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fuchs Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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