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Fos History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Dutch , English


Fos is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Fos 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 Fos family


The surname Fos 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 Fos family


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Fos Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fos family name include Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.

Early Notables of the Fos family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Fos family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fos surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

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]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)
  • Johan Heinrich Fos, aged 34, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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)


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