Fossum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Fossum surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Fossum 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 Fossum family

The surname Fossum 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 Fossum family

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Fossum Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fossum include Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.

Early Notables of the Fossum family (pre 1700)

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Fossum Ranking

In the United States, the name Fossum is the 13,526th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Fossum family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 Fossum (post 1700) +

  • Michael E. Fossum (b. 1957), NASA Astronaut with over 636 hours in space [2]
  • Grethe G. Fossum (1945-2019), Norwegian politician
  • Tryggve Fossum, director of Microarchitecture Development for the Intel Architecture Group at Intel Corporation
  • Per Fossum (1910-2004), Norwegian Olympic alpine skier
  • Marita Fossum (b. 1965), award-winning Norwegian writer [3]
  • Karin Fossum (b. 1954), award-winning Norwegian author [4]

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  2. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Michael Fossum. Retrieved from
  3. ^ Marita Fossum. (Retrieved 2011, January 18) Marita Fossum. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Karin Fossum. (Retrieved 2011, January 18) Karin Fossum. Retrieved from on Facebook