The name Foljem has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest
in 1066 when the culture from which this family sprang arrived on British soil. It was a name for 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 Foljem family
The surname Foljem 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 Foljem family
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Foljem Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled 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 Foljem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foljem family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Foljem or a variant listed above: William Foliam who landed in North America in 1763; William Foljambe, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. PA in 1854.