The long and noble heritage behind the name of Fochais first began in medieval France. While the patronymic
and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Fochais family, adopted the name of their occupation
as their surname. The surname Fochais was an occupational name for a reaper or mower, or a maker of scythes deriving from the Old French word "fauche," which meant "scythe."
Early Origins of the Fochais family
The surname Fochais was first found in Périgord, where this illustrious family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Fochais family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fochais research.Another 887 words (63 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1476, 1688, 1594, 1667, 1688, 1711, 1755, 1789, 1800, 1815, 1820, 1644, 1696, 1653 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Fochais History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fochais Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Faucher, Fauché, Fauchet, Foucher, Fauchey, Focher, Foché, Foucher, Fochay, Fouché and many more.
Early Notables of the Fochais family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fochais family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jaques Faucher, who settled in Virginia in 1700; Simon Faucher who settled in Virginia in 1700; G.H. Faucher settled in San Francisco in 1852; and M. Fauchet, aged 21.