The present generation of the Fowlds family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the region beside an enclosed pen for animals. In particular the surname Fowlds can be in Bolton in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Fowlds may also be an occupational
name for someone who looked after sheep.
Early Origins of the Fowlds family
The surname Fowlds was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fowlds family
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Fowlds Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Fowlds include Foulds, Faulds, Fowlds, Foulls, Faulls, Fowldes and many more.
Early Notables of the Fowlds family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fowlds family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Fowlds were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Joseph Foulds purchased land in Georgia in 1735; Albion, Alexander, Henry, James, and William Foulds settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1834 and 1866..