Early Origins of the Fokslay family
The surname Fokslay was first found in Northampton
. Foxley is a village and civil parish in Norfolk
that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Foxle, having derived from the Old English words fox + leah and literally meant "woodland clearing frequented by foxes." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Foxley was held by the Count or Mortain, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. Foxley Wood is a nature reserve that is close by and is the largest ancient woodland and coppice in Norfolk
. Foxley is also located in Wiltshire
and in this latter case, it was listed as Foxelege in the Domesday Book.
Early History of the Fokslay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fokslay research.Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1306, 1510, 1600, 1094, 1138, 1171, 1184, 1187, 1188 and 1553 are included under the topic Early Fokslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fokslay Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fokslay family name include Foxley, Foxleigh, Foxly, Focksley, Foksley, Foxlie, Foxlee, Foxlea, Folksley, Foxele, Foxeley and many more.
Early Notables of the Fokslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fokslay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Fokslay family to immigrate North America: Mary Foxley, who settled in Maryland in 1660; William Foxley, an emigrant in bondage who arrived in Maryland in 1736; and John Foxley, who came to Philadelphia in 1817..