The French name Foit was first used in the province of Auvergne. It was a name for someone who lived in Auvergne.
Early Origins of the Foit family
The surname Foit was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.
Early History of the Foit family
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Foit Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Foit is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Defoy, De Foy, Foy, Foyatier, Foye, Foyot, Foyer, Le Foyer, Lefoyer and many more.
Early Notables of the Foit family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family was Jean Foy, born in Beauvais in 1632, who became a lawyer in 1649 and then a medical doctor in 1655. Louis-Etienne De Foy was ordained priest in 1730; Charles Foyer studied at the ecclesiastic college and in 1793 was elected captain of the parish of Notre-Dame... Another 132 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foit family to the New World and Oceana
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England
, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Foit surname were Louis Defoy, who was married in 1696 in Quebec; Charles Defoy was married in 1718 in St-Augustin; Antoine Defoy was married in 1783 in St-Augustin; Etienne Defoy was married in 1787 in the same town..