The ancient history of the name Foale began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest
occurred. It was a name given to a free-spirited or eccentric
person. Further research showed the name was derived from the Latin word follis
which formerly referred to anything filled with air, but which later took on metaphorical connotations of empty-headedness and vanity. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Foale family
The surname Foale was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat
from early times, and granted the lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The family originated in Cotentin in western Normandy
, and Sampson Foliot was the Seigneur, or Lord, of Montfarville, near Cherbourg. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Foale family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foale research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1599, 1147, 1691, 1762, 1568, 1622, 1603, 1613, 1613, 1697, 1716, 1695, 1697, 1660, 1697, 1692, 1693, 1667, 1701, 1692, 1693, 1655, 1699, 1696, 1765, 1730, 1760 and 1761 are included under the topic Early Foale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foale Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Foale are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Foale include Folliot, Foliot, Folliott, Ffolliott and others.
Early Notables of the Foale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foale family to Ireland
Some of the Foale family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 248 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foale family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Foale, or a variant listed above: Eugene Foliot settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1847; William Folliot landed in America in 1763; Elinor Ffolliott settled in Barbados in 1670.
Contemporary Notables of the name Foale (post 1700)
- C. Michael Foale PH.D. (b. 1957), NASA Astronaut with over 374 days in space