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Where did the English Falknor family come from? What is the English Falknor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Falknor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Falknor family history?The name Falknor was derived from 'falconer,' which in turn, was derived from the Old French word 'faulconnier,' a term of office for one who breeds or trains falcons and hawks for sport. Accordingly, one of the first records of the name was Matheus the falconarius (falconer) who witnessed a charter by Earl Davis c. 1202. 
Although the name, Falknor, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Falconer, Faulkner, Falknar, Falcener, Falconair, Fauknar, Favconer, Fawlkconer, Fawlkner, Fauconer, Fallconer, Faukner and many more.
First found in Angus, where early records revealed Gulielmus Auceps (William the falconer) was granted lands to the kirk (church) of Marington or Maryton c. 1200. Robert le Faukener or Fauconer of Kincarydn en Miernes rendered homage to Edward I in 1296. His seal bears a falcon killing a small bird. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falknor research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1200, 1296, 1350, 1380, 1732, 1769, 1808, 1865 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Falknor History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Falknor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Falknor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Falknor family name Falknor, or who bore a variation of the surname were Thomas, Robert, John, James, Alexander, Patrick, and Samuel Faulkner, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1754 and 1878; Thomas Faulkner settled in Virginia in 1663.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever
The Falknor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Falknor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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