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Early Origins of the Fos family

The surname Fos was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Fos family

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Fos Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vos, Vosch, Voshol, Voss, Vosse, Vossem, Fos, Föse, Foss, Fossa and many more.

Early Notables of the Fos family (pre 1700)

From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Jan Jansz Vos (1612-1667), a Dutch playwright and poet; and Marten de Vos (c.1536-1603) and Cornelis de Vos (1584-1651) were noted Flemish painters of that era. Isaac Vossius (1618-1689), was Canon of Windsor, and scholar, born at Leyden in 1618, the seventh child...
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United States Fos migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ewd. Fos, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • Bernard Fos, who settled in America in 1838
  • Gerhard Fos, who settled in Missouri in 1840
  • Gerhard Fos, aged 27, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Johan Heinrich Fos, aged 34, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
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  1. 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) on Facebook