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When the ancestors of the Falls family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. 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.

Falls Early Origins



The surname Falls 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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Falls Spelling Variations


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Falls Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Falls has been recorded under many different variations, including Falla, Fala, Falle, Falls, Fallows, Fallis and many more.

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Falls Early History


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Falls Early History



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

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Falls Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Falls Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Falls 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Fallss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Falls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Falls arrived in Baltimore in 1803
  • Davd Falls, aged 25, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • John Falls, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1805
  • Alexander Falls came to Baltimore in 1830
  • Hugh Falls, who arrived in New York in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Falls Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William S Falls, who landed in Canada in 1835

Falls Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Falls arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Falls (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Falls (post 1700)



  • Kevin Falls, American television writer and producer
  • Joseph Francis Falls (1928-2004), American journalist
  • Robert Falls (b. 1954), American theater director and the current Artistic Director of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago
  • Harold Francis Falls (1909-2006), American ophthalmologist and geneticist
  • Cyril Bentham Falls (1888-1971), British military historian noted for his work on the First World War

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Falls Historic Events


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Falls Historic Events




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Falls Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

    The Falls Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Falls Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 June 2016 at 10:29.

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