Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Fallis family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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.
Early Origins of the Fallis family
The surname Fallis 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.
Early History of the Fallis family
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Fallis Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fallis were recorded, including Falla, Fala, Falle, Falls, Fallows, Fallis and many more.
Early Notables of the Fallis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fallis family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Fallis arrived in North America very early:
Fallis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Benjamin Fallis, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765 with his sister
- Benjamin Fallis, who arrived in Boston in 1765
Fallis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nancy Fallis, who settled in New York State in 1803
Contemporary Notables of the name Fallis (post 1700)
- James Robinson Fallis (b. 1871), Canadian livestock dealer and politician from Brampton, Ontario
- Abigail Fallis (b. 1969), British sculptor
- William Armstrong Fallis (1832-1903), Canadian farmer and political figure in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Conservative member (1894 to 1902)
- Iva Campbell Fallis (1883-1956), the second female Canadian Senator from Castleton, Ontario
- Terry Fallis, Canadian writer and public relations consultant awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal in 2008
- Mary Lou Fallis CM (b. 1948), Canadian opera singer