Origins Available: Dutch
The name Fosse is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Fosse 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 Fosse family
The surname Fosse 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 Fosse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fosse research.Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1284, 1327, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Fosse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fosse Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Fosse has been spelled many different ways, including Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.
Early Notables of the Fosse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fosse family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Fosses to arrive in North America:
Fosse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Fosse, who settled in Maryland in 1663
Fosse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jean Fosse, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
Fosse Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Jeanne Fosse, who settled in Quebec in 1670
Contemporary Notables of the name Fosse (post 1700)
- Bob Fosse (1927-1987), American theatre and film choreographer and director
- Ray Fosse, American baseball player
- Nicole Fosse, American dancer, daughter of Bob Fosse
- Louis Remy de la Fosse, French architect
- Jon Fosse, Norwegian writer
- Charles de La Fosse, French painter