The name Food is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Food was a Norman name used for a person with remarkable feet.
Nicknames were often used to distinguish a person by a noticeable physical characteristic. In this case the trait may have been very large feet, or feet which were deformed in some way. The name was originally derived from the Old English word fot
which meant foot.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from a residence, in other words someone who lived at the "foot of a mountain". For the Footman variation, the obvious occupational
origin as a soldier in the infantry applies and not as a domestic servant. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Food family
The surname Food was first found in Cheshire
where Ernui Fot was listed as an undertenant
in the Domesday Book
. The same reference lists Godwin Fot in Kent
so one can presume that the name was polygenetic.
Early History of the Food family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Food research.Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1651, 1450, 1520, 1652, 1683, 1592, 1687, 1646 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Food History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Food Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Foote, Foot, Fouts and others.
Early Notables of the Food family (pre 1700)
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Food Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Food family to Ireland
Some of the Food family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Food family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Food name or one of its variants: Paul Foote who landed in Massachusetts in 1620.