The ancestors of the bearers of the Foos family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Foos is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Foos family
The surname Foos was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very early times. The name is first documented as early as 978, recorded as Fos.
Early History of the Foos family
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Foos Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Foos include Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.
Early Notables of the Foos family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foos family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Foos or a variant listed above:
Foos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Casper Foos, who arrived in New York in 1842 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)