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Where did the English Falls family come from? What is the English Falls family crest and coat of arms? When did the Falls family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Falls family history?When the ancestors of the Falls family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. 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.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Falls has been recorded under many different variations, 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falls research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1421, 1453, and 1567 are included under the topic Early Falls History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Falls Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Fallss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Falls Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Falls Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Falls 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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