Show ContentsFaldo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Faldo was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Faldo family lived in Staffordshire at Fauld, a township, in the parish of Hanbury, union of Burton-upon-Trent. [1]

The name is generally thought to have been an occupational name for 'the falder,' a herd, a shepherd, one who tended cattle; from the Anglo-Saxon word, afold. Despite the above Staffordshire entry, the name is a "well-known North-English surname, especially familiar to Cumberland." [2]

Early Origins of the Faldo family

The surname Faldo was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Fauld. Conjecturally they are descended from Hubert and Robert of Fauld, father and son Norman nobles, who held their lands at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 from Henry de Ferrers. [3]

A very rare surname, we did find one entry for the variant Fold, that being: John atte Fold in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327. [4]

Early History of the Faldo family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faldo research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1438, 1536, 1633, 1673, 1684, 1690 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Faldo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faldo Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Faldo are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Faldo include Fauld, Faulds, Faldow, Faldo, Faldoe, Fauldo, Fauldow, Fauldhouse, Falder, Fauls, Fawles and many more.

Early Notables of the Faldo family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • John Faldo (1633-1690), an English nonconformist minister and controversialist...

Migration of the Faldo family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Faldo, or a variant listed above: Bartholomew Faldoe who settled in Massachusetts in 1635.

Contemporary Notables of the name Faldo (post 1700) +

  • Nicholas Alexander "Nick" Faldo (b. 1957), English golfer, British Golf Champion

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook