Foxhale is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Foxhale family once lived in the parish of Foxhale in the county of Suffolk
just miles from Ipswich.
Early Origins of the Foxhale family
The surname Foxhale 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
This parish is quite a bit bigger at about 4,210 acres in size.
Early History of the Foxhale family
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Foxhale Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Foxhale family name include Foxall, Foxhall, Foxall, Faxhall, Foxell and others.
Early Notables of the Foxhale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foxhale family to Ireland
Some of the Foxhale family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foxhale family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Foxhale surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Foxhale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Foxhale, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1813