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Where did the English Falck family come from? When did the Falck family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Falck family history?

Falck is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Falck family lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vaux, Normandy.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Faux, Fawkes, Fauks and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falck research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1606, 1605, 1675 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Falck History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Falck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Falck or a variant listed above were:

Falck Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Arnold Falck, who landed in New York, NY in 1709
  • Ludwig Falck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Maria Elizabeth Falck, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Abed Falck, who arrived in America in 1781

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  • Colin Falck (b. 1934), English literary critic and poet
  • Hildegard Falck (1949-1972), née Janze, German gold and bronze medalist athlete at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Wolfgang Falck (1910-2007), German Luftwaffe fighter ace during World War II
  • Johann Peter Falck (1732-1774), Swedish botanist


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