Foss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Foss family

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.

Important Dates for the Foss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foss research. Another 112 words (8 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.

Foss Spelling Variations

Foss has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.

Early Notables of the Foss family (pre 1700)

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Foss migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • John Foss, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1688 [1]
  • Mathias De Foss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693 [1]
Foss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Foss, who settled in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Michael Foss, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Han William Foss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • Joh Phil Foss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • 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 settled in New York in 1820
  • Stephen Foss, who immigrated to New Orleans in 1821
  • Michael Foss, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Manuel Foss, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1846 [1]
  • Friedrich Foss, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]

Foss migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Foss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Foss, who landed in Canada in 1831

Foss migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Foss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Foss, (b. 1805), aged 49, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 30th October 1853 aboard the ship "Omega" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 17th January 1854 [2]
  • Mrs. Mary Foss, (b. 1827), aged 27, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 30th October 1853 aboard the ship "Omega" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 17th January 1854 [2]

Foss migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Foss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Foss, aged 18, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Mr. Henry Foss, (b. 1855), aged 20, Cornish labourer departing on 27th June 1875 aboard the ship "Waikato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 3rd October 1875 [3]
  • Miss Jane Foss, (b. 1875), aged 3 months, Cornish settler departing on 27th June 1875 aboard the ship "Waikato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 3rd October 1875 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Foss, (b. 1846), aged 29, Cornish settler departing on 27th June 1875 aboard the ship "Waikato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 3rd October 1875 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Foss, (b. 1851), aged 24, Cornish labourer departing on 27th June 1875 aboard the ship "Waikato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 3rd October 1875 [3]

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 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Foss family

RMS Lusitania
  • Dr. Carl Elmer Foss, American 2nd Class passenger from Harlem, Montana, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [4]

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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