The history of the name Folsem goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest
occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to 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 Folsem family
The surname Folsem 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 Folsem family
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Folsem Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Folsem has been recorded under many different variations, including 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 Folsem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Folsem family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Folsems were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William Foliam who landed in North America in 1763; William Foljambe, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. PA in 1854.