Foxwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Foxwell surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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 Foxwell family

The surname Foxwell 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 Foxwell family

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Foxwell Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Foxwell include Foxall, Foxhall, Foxall, Faxhall, Foxell and others.

Early Notables of the Foxwell family (pre 1700)

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Foxwell Ranking

In the United States, the name Foxwell is the 16,542nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Foxwell family to Ireland

Some of the Foxwell 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 Foxwell migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Foxwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Foxwell, who arrived in New England in 1634 [6]
  • Gee Foxwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1673 [6]
Foxwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Foxwell, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]

Australia Foxwell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Foxwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Foxwell, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • John Foxwell, aged 20, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana" [8]
  • Stephen Foxwell (aged 19), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [9]
  • William Foxwell, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Contemporary Notables of the name Foxwell (post 1700) +

  • Lady Edith Foxwell (1918-1996), English socialite known as "The Queen of London Cafe Society", wife of Ivan Foxwell
  • Herbert Somerton Foxwell (1849-1936), English economist
  • Ivan Foxwell (1914-2002), British BAFTA nominated screenwriter and film producer
  • William Foxwell Albright (1891-1971), American prominent biblical archaeologist

  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)
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  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1852. Retrieved
  9. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved on Facebook
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