Early Origins of the Falkenham family
The surname Falkenham was first found in Lincolnshire
at Folkingham (Falkingham), a village and civil parish at the northern edge of the South Kesteven district. "The origin of this town is attributed to the baronial residence of Gilbert de Gaunt, son of the Earl of Flanders
, and nephew of Matilda, queen of William the Conqueror; accompanying that monarch in his expedition against England
, he was rewarded for his services with 113 lordships in the county of Lincoln, of which he made this place the head." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Literally, the place name means "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Folca," from the Old English personal name
+ "-inga" + "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Domesday Book
of 1086 lists the place name as Folchingeham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and village of Folkingham, held by Gilbert de Gaunt, (c.
1040-1095) who built a castle there.
Early History of the Falkenham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falkenham research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1683, 1757, 1732 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Falkenham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Falkenham Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Falkenham family name include Folkingham, Folkinham, Folkham, Volkingham, Volking, Falkingham, Falkinham, Folkington and many more.
Early Notables of the Falkenham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Falkenham family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Falkenham family to immigrate North America: Clara I. Falkingham, aged 7, who arrived at Ellis Island
from London, England
, in 1920; Fannie Falkingham, aged 14, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1895.