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

The old Welsh surname Fowlkes 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."

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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 Fowlkes name over the years has been spelled Foulke, Foulks, Foulkes and others.

First found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where they held a family seat at "Yr Eifiad" from very ancient times, some say before the 9th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowlkes research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1691, 1660 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Fowlkes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fowlkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Fowlkes:

Fowlkes Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary E. D. Fowlkes, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Jane Massey Fowlkes, aged 23, who emigrated to Madison, Wisc., in 1922
  • Robt. W. Fowlkes, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1924

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  • Alan Fowlkes (b. 1958), retired American Major League Baseball player
  • Charles Fowlkes (1916-1980), American baritone saxophonist, best known for his work with Count Basie
  • Curtis Fowlkes, American jazz trombonist
  • Herman Fowlkes Jr. (1919-1993), American jazz musician
  • Lauren Fowlkes (b. 1988), American soccer player
  • Tremaine Fowlkes (b. 1976), American NBA basketball player


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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.

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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Fowlkes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fowlkes 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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