Origins Available: English
Fallows is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Fallows 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.
Early Origins of the Fallows family
The surname Fallows 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 Fallows family
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Fallows Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fallows include Falla, Fala, Falle, Falls, Fallows, Fallis and many more.
Early Notables of the Fallows family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fallows family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Fallowss to arrive on North American shores:
Fallows Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Fallows, who settled in Philadelphia in 1847
- Benjamin Fallows, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Fallows Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard Fallows, aged 34, a joiner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
- Mary Fallows, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
Contemporary Notables of the name Fallows (post 1700)
- Samuel Fallows (1835-1922), American clergyman, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin, and a Union Army colonel during the American Civil War
- James Fallows (1949-1983), American print and radio journalist, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, recipient of the 1983 National Book Award for Nonfiction
- Fearon Fallows (1789-1831), English astronomer, astronomer to King George IV
- William Gordon Fallows KCVO (1913-1979), English clergyman, Church of England Bishop of Pontefract
- John Fallows, English footballer in the late 1800s