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Early Origins of the Foisy family

The surname Foisy was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.

Early History of the Foisy family

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Foisy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Foisy, Foison, Foissac, Foissard, Foisset, Foissey and many more.

Early Notables of the Foisy family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Charles-Julie-Pierre Foison, born in Avranches in 1771, who was a Brigadier during the Revolution and was named a Second-Lieutenant; Joseph-Ignace Foissey was made a general lawyer at the court of parliament, counts, aides and finances of Metz; Antoine-Henri-Jules-Elisabeth, Baron and viscount of Foissac-Latour, was a general around 1782; Jean-Baptiste Foissard was an administrator of the district of Louviers when he was elected, in 1791, deputy of l'Eure at the Legislative Assembly; Jean-Louis-Severin Foisset was an archaeologist; Joseph-Theophile...
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Foisy Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Foisy is the 725th most popular surname. [1]

Canada Foisy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Foisy Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Martin Foisy married in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec in 1665
Foisy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Françoise Foisy married in St-Sulpice in 1707

New Zealand Foisy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Foisy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Emile Foisy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Foisy (post 1700) +

  • Paul R. Foisy (b. 1900), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940 [2]
  • Deborah Foisy (b. 1952), birth name of Ferron, a Canadian-born singer-songwriter and poet, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aladin Foisy, Canadian postmaster, eponym of Foisy, Alberta, in northern Alberta
  • René P. Foisy, Canadian jurist, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta who led the Foisy Commission into The Hinton Train Collision of 1986

  1. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook