Falconbridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Falconbridge is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a worker who cared for and trained falcons. The surname Falconbridge originally derived from the Old French word faucon which referred to falcon.

Early Origins of the Falconbridge family

The surname Falconbridge was first found in East Riding of Yorkshire at Rise, a parish, in the union of Skirlaugh, N. division of the wapentake of Holderness. "The family of Fauconberg were lords of this manor for nearly 400 years." [1]

Originally spelt Facunberge, the Anglicized Flaconbridge was a "great Yorkshire family," says Sir Egerton Brydges, "of later date, at least as to the name." This was taken, from Fauquemberg, near St. Omer (the family, in spelling the name, long preserved the m), and was imported into Holderness by Franco homo Drogonis de Beurer, an under-tenant in Domesday. "By the name of Franco de Falconberg de Rise, he is mentioned in the chronicle of Meaux Abbey, as one of the contemporaries and neighbours of Gamel de Meaux, on whose land the abbey was built. His family was one of the few received into favour by the Earls of Albemarle." A. S. Ellis. They held their manor of Rise for four hundred years." [2]

Early History of the Falconbridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falconbridge research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1345, 1407, 1376, 1378, 1391, 1402 and 1406 are included under the topic Early Falconbridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Falconbridge Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Falconbridge has appeared include Falconbridge, Fawconberg, Fawconbridge, Falkenbridge, Falkenberg, Falconberg and many more.

Early Notables of the Falconbridge family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas de Fauconberg, 5th Baron Fauconberg (1345-1407), English peer, joined the French in the Hundred Years' War (1376), imprisoned in Gloucester Castle , for treason, (1378-1391)...
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Migration of the Falconbridge family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Falconbridge arrived in North America very early: Caleb Faulkenbridge arrived in Philadelphia in 1872; Benjamin Falkenberg arrived in Philadelphia in 1852; Baron Falkenburg arrived in New York State in 1842..


Contemporary Notables of the name Falconbridge (post 1700) +

  • Anna Maria Falconbridge, née Horwood from All Saints Lane Bristol, England, the first English woman to give a narrative account of experiences in Africa, wife of Alexander Falconbridge
  • Sir William Glenholme Falconbridge QC (1846-1920), Canadian lawyer and jurist, born in Drummondville, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, High Court of Justice of the Province of Ontario in 1900, eponym of Falconbridge, Ontario
  • Alexander Falconbridge (1760-1792), British surgeon who took part in four voyages in slave ships between 1780 and 1787, but became an abolitionist and in 1788 published An Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3


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