Origins Available: English
Fala is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Fala family lived in Midlothian
. The name comes from the Old English word fall,
which, strangely, could indicate someone who lived near either a waterfall
or a meadow.
Another derivation suggests that the name is a local
reference to the area of Falaise, Normandy
. Time has confused the two derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate in a given case.
Early Origins of the Fala family
The surname Fala was first found in Midlothian
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fala family
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Fala Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fala family name include Falla, Fala, Falle, Falls, Fallows, Fallis and many more.
Early Notables of the Fala family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fala family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Fala family to immigrate North America:
Fala Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Fala, who settled in America in 1684