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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

Volk is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Norman personal name Fulco. The line of this name descends from the noble house of Fulco Nerra, who held the title of Count of Anjou, Normandy.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Volk have been found, including Folke, Folk, Folkes, Fulke, Fooke, Fooks, Foolk, Fowke and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they were granted lands by William de Warrene and were conjecturally descended from Fulco Nerra, the Count of Anjou.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Volk research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1685, 1596, 1662, 1644, 1652, 1638, 1710, 1690 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Volk History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Volk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Volk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Volk were among those contributors:

Volk Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Volk arrived in New York in 1709 with his wife and child
  • Gottlieb Volk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johan Wilhelm Volk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johannes Volk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Hans Jurg Volk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755


Volk Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Eberhart Volk, who landed in America in 1831
  • Nicholas Volk, aged 32, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
  • Bern Volk, who landed in America in 1847
  • Maria Volk, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • George William Volk, who arrived in Texas in 1853


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  • The Volk Family, 1700-1972 From Pfullingen, Wurttenberg, Germany by Bernice Close Shackelton.
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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: Qui sera sera
Motto Translation: Whatever will be.

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  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Volk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Volk 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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