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The Folsom family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Folsom name reveals that an early member was a person who had a limp, or a malformed leg. The name was originally derived from the Old French fol, which means foolish, and jambe, 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 characteristi c.

Folsom Early Origins



The surname Folsom 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 and Derbyshire 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 and Derbyshire 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. [1]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.

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Folsom Spelling Variations


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Folsom 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. Folsom 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.

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Folsom Early History


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Folsom Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Folsom research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 162 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Folsom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Folsom Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Folsom Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Folsom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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. Folsoms were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Folsom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Folsom, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Adam Folsom, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1639

Folsom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Folsom, who landed in San Franeisco, California in 1860
  • B. Folsom, aged 31, who emigrated to America from London, in 1892
  • Emily Folsom, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1892
  • C. D. Folsom, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1893
  • Benj. Folsom, aged 40, who landed in America from London, in 1896

Folsom Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Folsom, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Arte Folsom, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Etheldred F. Folsom, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Constance Folsom, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1905
  • E.F. Folsom, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Folsom (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Folsom (post 1700)



  • Steve Folsom (b. 1958), American NFL football player
  • William Harrison Folsom (1815-1901), American architect and contractor
  • Marion B. Folsom (1893-1976), U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • Nathaniel Folsom (1726-1790), American merchant and statesman
  • Joseph Libbey Folsom (1817-1855), U.S. Army officer and real estate investor, founder of Folsom California
  • Jonathan P. Folsom (1820-1893), American politician, 20th Mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Jim Folsom Jr. (b. 1949), former American Democratic Governor of Alabama, Lieutenant Governor
  • Jim Folsom Sr. (1908-1987), American Democratic Governor of the Alabama
  • John David "J. D." Folsom (b. 1984), American NFL football linebacker
  • Fred Folsom (1871-1944), American football coach at the University of Colorado (18951915) and Dartmouth College (19031906)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Folsom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Folsom Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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