Origins Available: English, French
England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Fouchard comes from the medieval given name Folchard. This Norman name is of Germanic origin, and is composed of the elements folk, which means people, and hard, which means brave, strong, or hardy. In the 12th century, the name Fouchard continued to be used as a first name in the areas of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Fouchard family
Devon, where they settled after 1066. Radulfus Fochart was registered in Normandy in 1198.
Early History of the Fouchard family
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Fouchard Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Folkard, Fokard, Folkart, Folkert, Foucard and many more.
Early Notables of the Fouchard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fouchard family to Ireland
Some of the Fouchard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Fouchard family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fouchard or a variant listed above:
Fouchard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Fouchard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
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