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Early Origins of the Foxworthy family

The surname Foxworthy was first found in Cambridgeshire at Folksworth, a small village and parish, in the union of Peterborough, hundred of Norman-Cross. Traditionally part of Huntingdonshire, the village has remained small over the centuries but dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Folchesworde. [1] Literally, the place name means "enclosure of a man called Folc," from the Old English personal name + "worth." [2] St Helen's Church on Morborne Road was first built in 1150 AD and was later restored in 1850.

Early History of the Foxworthy family

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Foxworthy Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Foxworthy has been recorded under many different variations, including Folksworth, Foulkesworth, Foulksworth, Folkesworth, Follsworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Foxworthy family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Foxworthy family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Foxworthy or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Foxworthy (post 1700) +

  • Patricia S. Foxworthy, American researcher with Lilly Research Laboratories, Cardiovascular Research Division, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jeffrey Marshall "Jeff" Foxworthy (b. 1958), American comedian, actor, writer, producer, TV/radio personality, and author, member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, with Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and Ron White
  • Morwenna Foxworthy, British researcher in the Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology, UMDS Guy's Hospital Dental School, London

  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