Foxon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Foxon surname lived in Foxton, a place-name found in several locations in England. There are Foxtons in Cambridgeshire, Durham and Leicestershire, where the name is derived from the Old English portion fox, which means fox, and tun, which meant farm or enclosure. The name as a whole meant "farm where foxes are often seen." There is another Foxton, in Durham. The suffix has a different root, though. It was called Foxdene about 1170; it meant "valley where there are foxes," from the Old English word dene, which meant valley. Finally, there is a place called Foxdon; it meant "hill where there are foxes," the suffix is derived from the Old English word dun, which meant "hill."

Early Origins of the Foxon family

The surname Foxon was first found in Cambridgeshire at Foxton, a small village in South Cambridgeshire. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Foxetune, land held by the Church of Chatteris, part of the Thriplow hundred. It was large enough to hold 8 ploughs with 16 villans (peasants), 11 borders with 6 ploughs [1] The place literally means "farmstead where foxes are seen." [2] Foxton is also a small village in Durham, and in Leicestershire. The Durham village dates back to about 1170 when it was listed as Foxedene, while the Leicestershire village is also listed in the Domesday Book as Foxtone.

Early History of the Foxon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foxon research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Foxon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Foxon Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Foxon are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Foxon include: Foxton, Foxtown, Foxtoun, Foxon and others.

Early Notables of the Foxon family (pre 1700)

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United States Foxon migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Foxon or a variant listed above:

Foxon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Foxon, who arrived in New England in 1758

Contemporary Notables of the name Foxon (post 1700) +

  • Joel Foxon, American actor, known for Falcon of Fury (2013) and The Heist (2014)
  • Steve Foxon, American video game composer
  • James Foxon (1769-1829), also known as John Foxton, an English hangman at Newgate Prison in London where he hanged 206 men and 6 women over the next 11 years
  • Tom Charles Bayley Foxon FRS, British physicist, and emeritus professor at the University of Nottingham

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook
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