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The 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.

Fossen Early Origins



The surname Fossen 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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Fossen Spelling Variations


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Fossen Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, 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.

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Fossen Early History


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Fossen Early History



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

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Fossen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fossen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fossen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fossen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fossen (post 1700)



  • John B. Van Fossen, American Republican politician, Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1906-08; Defeated, 1900
  • John Van Fossen, American politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1840
  • John Van Fossen, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ontario County, 1817-18, 1819-20

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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    The Fossen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fossen 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 October 2015 at 11:20.

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