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The family name Foot is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Foot was a name given to a person with remarkable feet. Nicknames were often used to distinguish a person by a noticeable physical characteristi c. 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Foot Early Origins



The surname Foot 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.

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Foot Spelling Variations


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Foot Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Foot have been found, including Foote, Foot, Fouts and others.

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Foot Early History


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Foot Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foot 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 Foot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foot Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Foot Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foot In Ireland


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Foot In Ireland



Some of the Foot 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Foot were among those contributors:

Foot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Foot, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
  • Mary Foot, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Geo Foot, who landed in Virginia in 1662
  • James Foot, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Foot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Roger Foot, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712

Foot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Foot, who landed in New York in 1824
  • Adam Foot, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Colonel Foot, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Samuel Foot, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Michael Foot, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foot Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Foot arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  • Ann Foot arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  • Jane Foot arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • Henry Foot, aged 31, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • William Foot, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Foot (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Foot (post 1700)



  • Michael Mackintosh Foot PC FRSL (1913-2010), English politician, Leader of the Opposition (1980-1983), Leader of the Labour Party (1980-1983), fourth son of Isaac Foot
  • Baron Hugh Mackintosh Foot GCMG KCVO OBE PC (1907-1990), Baron Caradon, English colonial administrator and diplomat, second son of Isaac Foot
  • Sir Dingle Mackintosh Foot (1905-1978), English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales (1964-1967), Member of Parliament for Ipswich (1957-1970), Member of Parliament for Dundee (1931-1945), first son of Isaac Foot
  • Isaac Foot (1880-1960), English politician, Secretary for Mines (1931-1932), Member of Parliament for Bodmin (1922-1924), President of the Liberal Party (1947-1948)
  • Baron John Mackintosh Foot (1909-1999), English lawyer and politician, the third son of Isaac Foot
  • Michael Richard Daniell Foot CBE, TD (1919-2012), British military historian and former British Army intelligence officer

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Foot Historic Events


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Foot Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Charles Foot (b. 1908), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Maiden Newton, Dorsetshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Foot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foot 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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