Foliam is one of the most ancient names to come from the Norman culture that arrived in Britain soon after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a person who had a limp, or a malformed leg.
The name was originally derived from the Old French fol,
which means foolish,
which means leg.
Such names are often attributed to people in jest. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nicknames often referred or alluded to a physical feature. Unfortunately, on some occasions the tradition emphasized a physical deformity or injury in a way that would be considered cruel today, however, at the time this practice was meant only to identify a person by a distinguishing characteristic.
Early Origins of the Foliam family
The surname Foliam was first found in Derbyshire
where by the early 11th and 12th centuries the name was already well established in the Peak District and was one of the marauding families of the East Cheshire
forests which were controlled by Sir George Vernon, known as the 'King of the Peak'. In the 13th century Sir Thomas Foljambe was Bailiff of the High Peak. These Cheshire
families provided the core of Knights and fighting men for the wars in France during that time. Foulsham is a village and civil parish in Norfolk
that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Folsham and literally meant "farmstead of a man called Fugol" from the Old English personal name
+ ham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The village gave its name to a family of Puritan dissidents who fled England
to America to settle in Hingham, Massachusetts, where they frequently changed their name to Folsom.
Early History of the Foliam family
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Foliam Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Foliam are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Foliam include Foljambe, Foljambes, Folgambe, Folgambes, Folyambe, Folyambes, Fuljame, Fuljames, Fulgambe, Fulgambes, Fulljames, Fullgames, Folljames, Foliambe, Fuliambe, Foliam, Fuliam, Foliams and many more.
Early Notables of the Foliam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foliam family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Foliam, or a variant listed above:
Foliam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Foliam, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Foliam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Foliam, who landed in North America in 1763