Show ContentsFalkenberg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Falkenberg family

The surname Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falkenberg 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 Falkenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Falkenberg Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Falkenberg has undergone many spelling variations, including Falconbridge, Fawconberg, Fawconbridge, Falkenbridge, Falkenberg, Falconberg and many more.

Early Notables of the Falkenberg 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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United States Falkenberg migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Falkenberg were among those contributors:

Falkenberg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Valentin Falkenberg, who settled in New York in 1709
Falkenberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Baron Gerhard Knut Alfred Falkenberg, who settled in New York in 1841
  • Gerhard Kiwi Alfred Falkenberg, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1841 [3]
  • Benjamin Falkenberg, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name Falkenberg (post 1700) +

  • Cy Falkenberg (1880-1961), American baseball player
  • Paul Falkenberg, film and sound editor, and later a noted producer of documentaries. He began his long career in the 1920s as a film editor in Germany
  • Carl Frederick Falkenberg (1897-1980), Canadian First World War flying ace
  • Johan Falkenberg (1901-1963), Norwegian Olympic fencer
  • Mari Falkenberg, Actress

  • Ernst Falkenberg (1904-1941), German Matrose II Res. who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]

  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
  3. 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)
  4. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook