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

The surname Felker was a patronymic surname, created from a form of the medieval personal name Philip. It was also a habitational name from a place name in Oxfordshire. Forms of the name such as de Filking(es) are found in this region from the 12th and 13th centuries.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Felker has been recorded under many different variations, including Filkin, Filkyn, Fylkin, Fulkin, Fulkyn, Filkins, Philkin, Phylkin, Filken, Felkin and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when Filkin family held estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felker research. Another 320 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Felker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Felker or a variant listed above:

Felker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Erick Felker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • John Jacob Felker, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Adam Felker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1757
  • Jacob Felker, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1798

Felker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Felker, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Daniel Felker, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
  • Herman Felker, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Gerhard Felker, aged 1, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Gertrot Felker, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845


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  • Samuel Demeritt Felker (1859-1932), American lawyer and Democratic politician from Rochester, New Hampshire, 54th Governor of New Hampshire (1913-1915)
  • Rockey Felker (b. 1953), former American quarterback and head football coach
  • Matthew Felker (b. 1980), American writer, producer, actor, and model
  • Eugene Marvin "Gene" Felker (b. 1929), former American football end
  • Clay Felker (1925-2008), American magazine editor and journalist who founded New York Magazine in 1968
  • Harry "Butch" Felker (b. 1945), American politician and former mayor of Topeka, Kansas (2002-2003)


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