Failing History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Failing is German in origin. It is derived from "Fehling," a German place name meaning "plain" or "field." It is likely that the progenitor of the name was a native of Fehling.

Early Origins of the Failing family

The surname Failing was first found in Germany, where the name Fehlin came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to medieval society. The family later became more prominent as various branches acquired distant estates thereby elevating their social status.

Early History of the Failing family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Failing research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1811 and 1855 are included under the topic Early Failing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Failing Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fehlin, Fehling, Fehlling, Fehllin, Fehlen, Fehllen, Feylin, Feyllin, Feylen, Feyllen, Fehlinger, Fehllinger, Fehl, Fehll, Fehle and many more.

Early Notables of the Failing family (pre 1700)

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United States Failing migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Failing Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Failing, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1794 [1]
Failing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Failing, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Failing (post 1700) +

  • Josiah Failing (1806-1877), American Republican politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1853-54; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1864, 1868 [2]
  • Henry Failing, American politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1864-65, 1873-75 [2]
  • Henry Failing, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery and Hamilton counties, 1820-21 [2]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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