Foor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Foor is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a keeper of the ford or river crossing. 
Early Origins of the Foor family
The surname Foor was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Foor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foor research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1804, 1640, 1642, 1586, 1640, 1559, 1616, 1594, 1615, 1598, 1674, 1662, 1619, 1699, 1619, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1669, 1826, 1905, 1846, 1847, 1863, 1947 and are included under the topic Early Foor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foor Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Foor include Forde, Ford, Alford and others.
Early Notables of the Foor family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Ford or Foord (c.1559-1616?), Church of England clergyman, he may have been the same William Ford who became Rector of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire in 1594 or the William Ford who became Vicar of Bristow, Herefordshire in 1615; Thomas Ford (1598-1674), an English...
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Migration of the Foor family to Ireland
Some of the Foor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 126 words (9 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 Foor family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Charles Ford who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Ford settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Edward, Frederick, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Phillip, Richard, Thomas and William Ford all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..
Contemporary Notables of the name Foor (post 1700) +
- Percy G. Foor (1913-1990), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1969-1974)
- James Emerson Foor (b. 1949), retired American Major League baseball pitcher who played from 1971 to 1973
- Navarone Foor (b. 1992), Dutch professional footballer
Related Stories +
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print