Foskew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The proud Norman name of Foskew was developed in England soon after Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was name for a valiant or strong warrior. This name is composed of the Old French elements, fort, which means strong, and escu, which means shield. Sir Richard le Forte was one of the leaders of the Norman army at Hastings. He was a great fighter and protected Duke William by holding a large shield or escue in front of him, hence Fortescue.
Early Origins of the Foskew family
The surname Foskew was first found in Devon at Wymodeston (later called Winston) in the parish of Modbury in the year 1209.  This was "the most ancient seat of the Fortescues, in whose possession it continued from the days of King John to the Reign or Queen Elizabeth."  A current search for Winston in Devon returns nothing other than a reference to Winston Manor. However, the parish of Modbury is today in the South Hams region.
Important Dates for the Foskew family
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Foskew 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 Foskew have been found, including Fortescue, Fortesque and others.
Early Notables of the Foskew family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Fortescue (c.1394-1476), English jurist. A supporter of the Lancastrian king Henry VI, he was chief justice of the Court of King's Bench from 1442 until 1461; John Fortescue (1531-1607), the third Chancellor of the Exchequer of England; George Fortescue (1578-1659), an English essayist...
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Migration of the Foskew family to Ireland
Some of the Foskew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Foskew migration to the United States
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 Foskew were among those contributors:
Foskew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Foskew, who landed in Virginia in 1623 
- Richard Foskew, who arrived in New England in 1670 
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ 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)