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The Anglo-Saxon name Foss comes from the family having resided in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Foss 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.

Foss Early Origins



The surname Foss 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.

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Foss Spelling Variations


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Foss Spelling Variations



Foss has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.

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Foss Early History


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Foss Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foss research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1284, 1327, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Foss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Foss Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Foss Notables 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fosss to arrive on North American shores:

Foss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Foss, who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • John Foss, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1688
  • Mathias De Foss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693

Foss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Foss, who settled in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Michael Foss, who came to Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Han William Foss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Joh Phil Foss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Phillip Foss, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Foss, who came to New York in 1820
  • Stephen Foss, who immigrated to New Orleans in 1821
  • Michael Foss, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Manuel Foss, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1846
  • Friedrich Foss, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Helgesen Foss, who landed in Wisconsin in 1910

Foss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Foss, who landed in Canada in 1831

Foss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Foss, aged 18, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Foss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Foss (post 1700)



  • Betty Foss (1929-1998), nicknamed Fossey, American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder and outfielder who played from 1950 through 1954
  • Joseph Jacob "Joe" Foss (1915-2003), American fighter ace of the United States Marine Corps during World War II, Medal of Honor recipient, General in the Air National Guard, and the first commissioner of the American Football League
  • Darrel Foss (1892-1962), American movie actor from Los Angeles, California
  • Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911), American poet, journalist, and humorist, born in Candia, NH
  • Lukas Foss (1922-2009), American composer, pianist, and conductor was born in Berlin and moved to the USA as a youth
  • Thea Foss (1857-1927), American businessperson
  • Henry Foss (1891-1986), American civic leader
  • Frank H. Foss (1865-1947), American politician
  • Frank Foss (1895-1989), American Olympic athlete
  • Daniel Foss (b. 1940), American sociologist
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Foss Historic Events


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Foss Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Dr. Carl Elmer Foss, American 2nd Class passenger from Harlem, Montana, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Foss Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Foss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foss 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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