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Where did the Welsh Foulke family come from? What is the Welsh Foulke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Foulke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Foulke family history?The old Welsh surname Foulke comes from the popular personal name Fulk. This forename of Norman origin originally came from one of a number of Germanic personal names with the first portion "folk-," which means "people."
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Foulke name over the years has been spelled Foulke, Foulks, Foulkes and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foulke research. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1290 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Foulke History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Foulke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Foulke:
Foulke Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Foulke Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Foulke Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Jure, non dono
Motto Translation: By right, not by gift.
The Foulke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foulke 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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