The ancestors of the name Focksall date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Focksall family lived in the parish of Foxhale in the county of Suffolk
just miles from Ipswich.
Early Origins of the Focksall family
The surname Focksall was first found in Suffolk
at Foxhall, (Foxhale) which dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Foxehola and was about 15 acres in size located in the Hundred
of Carlford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By the late 1800s, the population had increased to about 200 inhabitants and was about 2,000 acres in size. Foxholes, a parish located in the East Riding of Yorkshire
was listed as Foxele, Foxhole and Foxohole in the Domesday Book
having derived from the Old English term "fox-hol" and literally meant "the fox holes, the fox's earth" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
This parish is quite a bit bigger at about 4,210 acres in size.
Early History of the Focksall family
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Focksall Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Focksall are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Focksall include: Foxall, Foxhall, Foxall, Faxhall, Foxell and others.
Early Notables of the Focksall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Focksall family to Ireland
Some of the Focksall family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 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 Focksall family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Focksall or a variant listed above: John Faxel settled in Texas in 1846; Ann and William Foxall settled in New York in 1842; Thomas Foxhale settled in Pennsylvania in 1813.