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Early Origins of the Falwell family

The surname Falwell was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Falwell. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Early History of the Falwell family

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Falwell Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Falwell, Fallwell, Felwell and others.

Early Notables of the Falwell family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Ulpian Fulwell (fl. 1586), English poet, 'a Somersetshire man born, and a gentleman's son,' says of himself: ‘When I was in the flower of my youth I was well regarded of...
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Migration of the Falwell family

An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Falwell: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Falwell (post 1700) +

  • Calvin F. Falwell, named "King of Baseball," American President of the Lynchburg Baseball Corporation, eponym of Calvin Falwell Field
  • Jonathan Pate Falwell (b. 1966), American senior pastor at the Thomas Road Baptist Church
  • Jerry Lamon Falwell Jr. (b. 1962), American lawyer and university administrator, President of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Jerry Lamon Falwell Sr. (1933-2007), American Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and conservative activist, founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church on Facebook