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Where did the English Fallis family come from? What is the English Fallis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fallis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fallis family history?

The ancestors of the Fallis family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Midlothian. The name comes from the Old English word fall, which, strangely, could indicate someone who lived near either a waterfall or a meadow. Another derivation suggests that the name is a local reference to the area of Falaise, Normandy. Time has confused the two derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate in a given case.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fallis were recorded, including Falla, Fala, Falle, Falls, Fallows, Fallis and many more.

First found in Midlothian 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 Fallis research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1421, 1453, and 1567 are included under the topic Early Fallis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fallis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Fallis arrived in North America very early:

Fallis Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Benjamin Fallis settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765 with his sister
  • Benjn Fallis arrived in Boston in 1765

Fallis Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Nancy Fallis settled in New York State in 1803

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  • Mary Lou Fallis CM (b. 1948), Canadian opera singer
  • Terry Fallis, Canadian writer and public relations consultant awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal in 2008
  • Iva Campbell Fallis (1883-1956), the second female Canadian Senator from Castleton, Ontario
  • William Armstrong Fallis (1832-1903), Canadian farmer and political figure in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Conservative member (1894 to 1902)
  • Abigail Fallis (b. 1969), British sculptor
  • James Robinson Fallis (b. 1871), Canadian livestock dealer and politician from Brampton, Ontario


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The Fallis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fallis 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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