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The French name Foix was first used in the province of Auvergne. It was a name for someone who lived in Auvergne.
Early Origins of the Foix family
The surname Foix was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.
Early History of the Foix family
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Foix Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Foix 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 Foix 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 Foix Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foix family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Foix were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Foix 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Foix (post 1700)
- Brigadier-General Jérome-Henri-Joseph Foix (1880-1963), French Commanding Officer during World War II CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 4) JÚrome-Henri-Joseph Foix. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Foix/J%C3%A9r%C3%B4me-Henri-Joseph/France.html
- Gaston Foix (1489-1512), French nobleman