The Foll family name dates back to 1066 when the Norman Conquest
introduced a plethora of new names and words into Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a free-spirited or eccentric
person. Further research showed the name was derived from the Latin word follis
which formerly referred to anything filled with air, but which later took on metaphorical connotations of empty-headedness and vanity. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Foll family
The surname Foll was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat
from early times, and granted the lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The family originated in Cotentin in western Normandy
, and Sampson Foliot was the Seigneur, or Lord, of Montfarville, near Cherbourg. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Foll family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foll research.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1599, 1147, 1691, 1762, 1568, 1622, 1603, 1613, 1613, 1697, 1716, 1695, 1697, 1660, 1697, 1692, 1693, 1667, 1701, 1692, 1693, 1655, 1699, 1696, 1765, 1730, 1760 and 1761 are included under the topic Early Foll History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foll Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Folliot, Foliot, Folliott, Ffolliott and others.
Early Notables of the Foll family (pre 1700)
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foll Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foll family to Ireland
Some of the Foll family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foll family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Foll or a variant listed above:
Foll Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Foll, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1872 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Foll (post 1700)
- Stéphane Le Foll (b. 1960), French politician, French Minister of Agriculture (2012-)
- Hattil Spencer "Harry" Foll (1890-1977), Australian politician, Senator for Queensland (1917-1947), Minister in Charge of War Service Homes (1937-1938), Minister for Repatriation (1937-1939), Minister for Health in 1938, Minister for the Interior (1939-1941)