The proud Norman name of Foyt was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for a person with remarkable feet.
Nicknames were often used to distinguish a person by a noticeable physical characteristic. In this case the trait may have been very large feet, or feet which were deformed in some way. The name was originally derived from the Old English word fot
which meant foot.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from a residence, in other words someone who lived at the "foot of a mountain". For the Footman variation, the obvious occupational
origin as a soldier in the infantry applies and not as a domestic servant. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Foyt family
The surname Foyt was first found in Cheshire
where Ernui Fot was listed as an undertenant
in the Domesday Book
. The same reference lists Godwin Fot in Kent
so one can presume that the name was polygenetic.
Early History of the Foyt family
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Foyt Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Foyt have been found, including Foote, Foot, Fouts and others.
Early Notables of the Foyt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foyt family to Ireland
Some of the Foyt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 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 Foyt family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Foyt were among those contributors: Paul Foote who landed in Massachusetts in 1620.