Falconer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Falconer was derived from 'falconer,' which in turn, was derived from the Old French word 'faulconnier,' a term of office for one who breeds or trains falcons and hawks for sport. Accordingly, one of the first records of the name was Matheus the falconarius (falconer) who witnessed a charter by Earl Davis c. 1202. [1]

Early Origins of the Falconer family

The surname Falconer was first found in Angus, where early records revealed Gulielmus Auceps (William the falconer) was granted lands to the kirk (church) of Marington or Maryton c. 1200. "In the vernacular he may have borne the name Hawker, for while his descendants have retained the name Falconer their estate ('villa eiusdem Willelmi Aucipis') was known as Haukertun or Haukerstun." [1]

Matheus the falconer (falconarius) is one of the witnesses to a charter by Earl David, (c. 1202.)

Robert le Faukener or Fauconer of Kincarydn en Miernes rendered homage to Edward I in 1296. His seal bears a falcon killing a small bird. [1]

"One who pursued the sport of falconry, so much admired in the middle ages, when a patrician was recognised by "his horse, his hawk, and his greyhound." Kings and great men kept a state falconer, and in such estimation was the office held in Norman times that Domesday Book shews us four different tenants-in-chief besides others who are described each as Accipitrarius-hawker, or falconer. The Domesday Book shows us four different tenants-in-chief besides others who are described as Accipitrarius - hawker, or falconer." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Richard le Fauconer; and Walter le Fauconer and both residing in Huntingdonshire at that time. Kirby's Quest noted John le Fauconer and John Fauconner in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3] Later, Geoffrey Fauconer was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

Important Dates for the Falconer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falconer research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1203, 1200, 1296, 1350, 1380, 1682, 1623, 1686, 1679, 1680, 1680, 1686, 1577, 1656, 1547, 1660, 1723, 1640, 1685, 1676, 1678, 1595, 1671, 1620, 1684, 1668, 1724, 1727, 1681, 1751, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Falconer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Falconer Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Falconer occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Falconer, Faulkner, Falknar, Falcener, Falconair, Fauknar, Favconer, Fawlkconer, Fawlkner, Fauconer, Fallconer, Faukner and many more.

Early Notables of the Falconer family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert le Faukener; William Falkner, D.D. (died 1682), an English divine of Glemsford, Suffolk; Colin Falconer (1623-1686), Scottish minister, Bishop of Argyll (1679-1680) Bishop of Moray (1680-1686); John Falconer (Falkner) (1577-1656), an English Jesuit; John Falconer ( fl. 1547), an English merchant; John Falconer (Falconar) (c.1660-1723), a Scottish minister in the Church of Scotland; Sir Alexander Falconer of Glenfarquhar; Sir David Falconer of...
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Migration of the Falconer family to Ireland

Some of the Falconer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Falconer migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Falconer, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Falconer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Falconer, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Falconer, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Edmond Falconer, who settled in New England in 1640
Falconer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Falconer, who settled in Maryland in 1714
  • Thomas Falconer, who arrived in Maryland in 1714 [5]
  • John Falconer, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
Falconer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Falconer, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804 [5]
  • Patrick Falconer, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • George Falconer, who landed in New York in 1812 [5]
  • Jean Falconer, who arrived in America in 1832 [5]
  • Archibald Falconer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [5]
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Falconer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Falconer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Falconer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. James Falconer U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1786 [6]
Falconer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Irvine Falconer, aged 27, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Betty Falconer, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • John Falconer, aged 8 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Robert Falconer, aged 8 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • John Falconer, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
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Falconer migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Falconer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Falconer, Scottish convict from Scotland, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [7]
  • Henry Falconer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850 [8]

Falconer migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Falconer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Falconer, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Blundell" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1848 [9]
  • Mr. John Falconer, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [9]
  • Mr. C. Falconer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [10]
  • Mrs. Falconer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Palmyra" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 19th February 1858 [10]
  • Mr. Alexander Falconer, Scottish ploughman from Leith travelling from Leith aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January 1858 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Falconer (post 1700)

  • John Mackie Falconer (1820-1903), Scottish-born American etcher, painter, and watercolorist
  • Ian Woodward Falconer (b. 1959), American illustrator, children's book author, winner of 2001 Caldecott Honor
  • Thomas Falconer (1805-1882), English jurist and explorer
  • Kim Falconer (b. 1954), Australian author of science fantasy and epic fantasy
  • Brian Falconer (b. 1933), former Australian rules footballer
  • Claire Falconer, Irish actress and painter from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
  • Earl Falconer (b. 1957), British bass player and singer, best known for his work with the British reggae band, UB40
  • Delia Falconer (b. 1966), Australian novelist, best known for her novel, The Service of Clouds
  • Sir Robert Alexander Falconer KCMG (1867-1943), Canadian academic and bible scholar, 5th President of the University of Toronto (1907-1932), President of the Royal Society of Canada (1931-1932)
  • Colin Falconer (b. 1953), pen name of Colin Bowles, a British author of novels including Harem, When We Were Gods, and Anastasia
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

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  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STEBONHEATH 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stebonheath.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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