Show ContentsFoxall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Foxall name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Foxhale in the county of Suffolk just miles from Ipswich. [1]

Vauxhall (now in Greater London) dates back to 1279 when it was known as Faukeshale. This local has the same origin and literally meant "hall of manor of a man called Falkes." [2]

Early Origins of the Foxall family

The surname Foxall was first found in Suffolk at Foxhall, (Foxhale) which dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Foxehola and was about 15 acres in size located in the Hundred of Carlford. [3] By the late 1800s, the population had increased to about 200 inhabitants and was about 2,000 acres in size. Foxholes, a parish located in the East Riding of Yorkshire was listed as Foxele, Foxhole and Foxohole in the Domesday Book having derived from the Old English term "fox-hol" and literally meant "the fox holes, the fox's earth" [2] This parish is quite a bit bigger at about 4,210 acres in size.

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Today we typically need to look beyond the spellings of these entries and concentrate on on a phonetic appreciation of the names. William de Foxole was found in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1197; John de Foxales in the Hundredorum Rolls for Yorkshire in 1276 and John Foxholes was registered in 1406. [4]

Early History of the Foxall family

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Foxall Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Foxall has undergone many spelling variations, including Foxall, Foxhall, Foxall, Faxhall, Foxell and others.

Early Notables of the Foxall family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Foxall family to Ireland

Some of the Foxall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Foxall migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Foxall were among those contributors:

Foxall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Foxall, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [5]
Foxall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Foxall, aged 60, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [5]
  • Ann and William Foxall, who settled in New York in 1842
  • Mr. William Foxall, (b. 1809), aged 33, Cornish carpenter departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in the United States on 19 May 1842 [6]
  • Ms. Ann Foxall, (b. 1782), aged 60, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in the United States on 19 May 1842 [6]
  • William Foxall, aged 33, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [5]

New Zealand Foxall migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Foxall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Francis Foxall, aged 25, a bricklayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Foxall (post 1700) +

  • Abraham Foxall (b. 1874), former English football striker
  • Frank Foxall (1884-1910), English professional footballer
  • Joseph Stanley "Stan" Foxall (1914-1991), English footballer
  • Frederick Howard "Fred" Foxall (1898-1926), English professional footballer
  • Damian Foxall, Irish sailor from County Kerry, winner of the 2007/2008 Barcelona World Race, also known for his World Record circumnavigation in 2004 with Steve Fossett on the G-Class catamaran Cheyenne
  • Henry Foxall (1819-1820), American politician, Mayor of Washington D.C

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from on Facebook