The name Folliams comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. 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 Folliams family
The surname Folliams 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 Folliams family
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Folliams Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. 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 Folliams family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Folliams family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Folliams or a variant listed above were: William Foliam who landed in North America in 1763; William Foljambe, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. PA in 1854.