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The prestigious family surname Falk originated in the territory that eventually became the German state of Prussia. The name comes from the Middle High German word "valke," meaning "falcon," and as such, the surname was likely originally a nickname or an occupational name.

Falk Early Origins



The surname Falk was first found in Brandenburg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name emerged as a noble family with great influence, possessing extensive estates such as the castle Neuhaus and Thyrow in the region of Teltow as early as 1359, and became noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. They also held property in Saxony, near the city of Wittenburg, as well as the state Luemzow in the region of Neu-Stettin (Pomerania) in 1583.

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Falk Spelling Variations


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Falk Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Falk include Falk, Falcke, Valke, Falke, Falken and others.

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Falk Early History


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Falk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falk research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1832, 1786, 1555, 1614, 1768, 1826, 1827, 1900, 1823 and 1876 are included under the topic Early Falk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Falk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Falk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Falk during this time period were Joshua ben Alexander HaCohen Falk (1555-1614), a Polish Halakhist and Talmudist, author of the Beit Yisrael commentary on the Arba'ah Turim; Johann Daniel Falk (1768-1826), who was a...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Falk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Falks to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Falk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Arholt Falk, who arrived in New York in 1709

Falk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jayme Falk, aged 23, landed in New Orleans, La in 1840
  • Wulf Falk came to Philadelphia in 1847
  • Joseph Falk arrived in New Castle County, Delaware, in 1853
  • Jacob Falk, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Georg Falk, his wife Agnes, and their five children arrived in Texas in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Falk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles John Wolfrid Falk, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900
  • Anna Christina Falk, who landed in Colorado in 1907
  • Matilda Sophia Falk, who landed in Colorado in 1907

Falk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Falk, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Henry Falk, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • William Falk, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Heinrich Falk, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • David Falk, who landed in Manitoba in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Falk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Falk (post 1700)



  • Joe Falk (b. 1951), American auto dealer and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner
  • Lee Falk (1911-1999), born Leon Harrison Gross, was an American writer, theater director and producer, creator of the comic strips The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician
  • Richard Anderson Falk (b. 1930), American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University
  • Franz Falk, German-born, American businessman who founded the Falk Corporation, which designs, manufactures, and markets power transmission products in 1892
  • Peter Falk (1927-2011), American two-time Academy Award nominated, five-time Emmy Award winning actor and comedian, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo
  • Conrad Robert Falk (b. 1935), original name of Robert Conrad, American actor, best known for his role in the 1965 CBS television series The Wild Wild West
  • Patrick Falk (b. 1980), German footballer
  • Johannes Daniel Falk (1768-1826), German writer
  • Christian Falk (b. 1962), Swedish record producer and musician
  • Robert Falk (1886-1958), Russian painter
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Falk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Falk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 August 2016 at 14:04.

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