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The long and noble heritage behind the name of Fossey first began in medieval France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Fossey family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Fossey was an occupational name for a reaper or mower, or a maker of scythes deriving from the Old French word "fauche," which meant "scythe."

Fossey Early Origins



The surname Fossey was first found in Périgord, where this illustrious family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Fossey Early History


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Fossey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fossey research. Another 887 words (63 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1476, 1688, 1594, 1667, 1688, 1711, 1755, 1789, 1800, 1815, 1820, 1644, 1696, 1653 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Fossey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fossey Spelling Variations


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Fossey Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Faucher, Fauché, Fauchet, Foucher, Fauchey, Focher, Foché, Foucher, Fochay, Fouché and many more.

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Fossey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fossey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fossey 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fossey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Fossey, who settled in Jamaica in 1736
  • Cap Fossey, who arrived in Boston in 1767

Fossey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Peter Fossey U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fossey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fossey (post 1700)



  • Dian Fossey (1932-1985), American field researcher of African gorillas
  • Brigitte Fossey (b. 1947), in Tourcoing, Nord, France, is an actress

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