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Falla is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Falla family lived in Midlothian. The name comes from the Old English word fall, which, strangely, could indicate someone who lived near either a waterfall or a meadow. Another derivation suggests that the name is a local reference to the area of Falaise, Normandy. Time has confused the two derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate in a given case.

Falla Early Origins



The surname Falla was first found in Midlothian where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Falla Spelling Variations


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Falla Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Falla, Fala, Falle, Falls, Fallows, Fallis and many more.

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Falla Early History


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Falla Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falla research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1421, 1453, and 1567 are included under the topic Early Falla History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Falla Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Falla Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Falla 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Falla or a variant listed above were:

Falla Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Judith Falla, who settled in Wisconsin sometime between 1809 and 1874
  • Franz Falla, who settled in Baltimore in 1876

Falla Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Falla who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1805
  • George Falla, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

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Contemporary Notables of the name Falla (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Falla (post 1700)



  • Wayne Falla (b. 1970), former English cricketer
  • Maiken Caspersen Falla (b. 1990), Norwegian Olympic gold and two-time World Championship bronze medalist cross-country skier
  • Manuel de Falla y Matheu (1876-1946), Spanish composer, one of Spain's most important musicians of the first half of the 20th century; his image was on Spain's 1970 100-pesetas banknote
  • Sir Robert Alexander Falla (1901-1979), New Zealand museum administrator and ornithologist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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