The prestigious family surname Falkes 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
Early Origins of the Falkes family
The surname Falkes 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.
Early History of the Falkes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falkes 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 Falkes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Falkes Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Falkes include Falk, Falcke, Valke, Falke, Falken and others.
Early Notables of the Falkes family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Falkes 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 Falkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Falkes family to the New World and Oceana
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 Falkess to arrive in North America, and among them were: Wulf Falk, who came to Philadelphia in 1847; Georg Falk, his wife Agnes, and their five children, who arrived in Texas in 1854; and Joseph Falk, who arrived in New Castle County, Delaware, in 1853..