Anglo-Saxon name Fossen comes from when the family resided in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Fossen 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 Fossen family
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 Fossen family
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Fossen Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fossen has been recorded under many different variations, including Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.
Early Notables of the Fossen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fossen family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fossen or a variant listed above: Jean Fosse, who landed in Louisiana in 1719; Nicholas Foss, who settled in Philadelphia in 1731; Michael Foss, who came to Pennsylvania in 1747; Phillip Foss, who arrived in Maryland in 1763.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fossen (post 1700)
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