Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Foxkills is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Foxhale in the county of Suffolk
just miles from Ipswich.
Early Origins of the Foxkills family
The surname Foxkills 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 Foxkills family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foxkills research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 138 and 1385 are included under the topic Early Foxkills History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foxkills Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Foxkills has been spelled many different ways, including Foxall, Foxhall, Foxall, Faxhall, Foxell and others.
Early Notables of the Foxkills family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foxkills family to Ireland
Some of the Foxkills 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 Foxkills family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Foxkillss to arrive in North America: John Faxel settled in Texas in 1846; Ann and William Foxall settled in New York in 1842; Thomas Foxhale settled in Pennsylvania in 1813.