Origins Available: English
The surname is believed to be derived from the French "fouille," which means "an excavation."
Early Origins of the Foille family
The surname Foille was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after his conquest of England
in 1066. One of the first of this name in records is Henry de Foyle, recorded in 1249 in the Assize Rolls for Wiltshire.
Early History of the Foille family
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Foille Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Foyle, Foile, Foille, Foylle and others.
Early Notables of the Foille family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foille family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Foille or a variant listed above: William Foyle, who was an immigrant in bondage, who arrived in Virginia in 1774, Edward Foyle who settled in Philadelphia in 1836, Samuel Foyle, who settled in Philadelphia in 1873, Thomas Foyle and his wife Judith Sally Foyle, who came to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1827, as well as John Foyle, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1877..