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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.

Fossum Early Origins



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.

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Fossum Spelling Variations


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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.

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Fossum Early History


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Fossum Early History



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

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Fossum Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fossum Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fossum 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



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fossum (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fossum (post 1700)



  • Michael E. Fossum (b. 1957), NASA Astronaut with over 636 hours in space
  • 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
  • Karin Fossum (b. 1954), award-winning Norwegian author

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Fossum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fossum 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 1 May 2014 at 21:37.

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