Faull History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The old Welsh surname Faull comes from the popular personal name Fulk. This forename of Norman origin originally came from one of a number of Germanic personal names with the first portion "folk-," which means "people."

Early Origins of the Faull family

The surname Faull was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales, created by the Laws in Wales Act 1536, where they held a family seat at "Yr Eifiad" from very ancient times, some say before the 9th century.

Another source notes "the pedigree is deduced from Marchudd ap Cynan, lord of Brynffenigi, who flourished in the ninth century. The name appears to have been borrowed from Ffoulk ap Thomas, who lived early in the sixteenth century, and whose descendants have ever since borne it." [1] And that "an early form of a capital F was ff." [2]

Sir Martin Browne ffolkes, 1st Baronet, FRS (1749-1821) was an English Baronet and Member of Parliament. Son of William Folkes, he chose to revert his name back to the ffolkes spelling to better note his heritage. The Baronetcy continues to today using the same spelling with Sir Robert Francis Alexander ffolkes, 7th Baronet (born 1943.)

Early History of the Faull family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faull research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1691, 1660, 1661, 1676, 1747, 1679, 1678 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Faull History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faull Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Faull has seen various spelling variations: Foulke, Foulks, Foulkes and others.

Early Notables of the Faull family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was William Foulkes (died 1691), a Welsh cleric and writer, Rector of Cwm in Denbighshire in 1660, of Llanfyllin and of Llanbrynmair in 1661, positions he held until his death. Peter Foulkes (1676-1747), was a scholar and divine, was the third son of Robert Foulkes of Llechryd, Denbighshire, deputy Baron of the court of exchequer of Chester. [3] On the infamous side...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Faull Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Faull migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Faull Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Faull migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Faull Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Eldred R. Faull, (b. 1863), aged 2, Cornish settler departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [9]
  • Mrs. Jane Faull, (b. 1831), aged 34, Cornish settler departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [9]
  • Miss Jane Faull, (b. 1856), aged 9, Cornish settler departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [9]
  • Miss Mary Ellen Faull, (b. 1858), aged 7, Cornish settler departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [9]
  • Mr. Thomas Faull, (b. 1831), aged 34, Cornish mason departing on 17th April 1865 aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Faull (post 1700) +

  • Ellen Hartla Faull (1918-2008), American operatic soprano
  • William J. Faull, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Houghton County 2nd District, 1910 [10]
  • Mary E. Faull, American politician [10]
  • Wilfred Faull, Welsh international rugby referee, President of the Welsh Rugby Union in the 1960s, father of John Faull
  • Sir Jonathan Michael Howard Faull K.C.M.G. (b. 1954), born in Chatham, Kent, British former Director General in the European Commission was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George on 17th June 2017, for services to UK relations with the European Union
  • John Faull (1933-2017), Welsh international club rugby player for Swansea, member of the Wales nat Iona Team (1957-1960) and the British Lions National Team in 1959
  • Greg Faull (b. 1969), former Australian rules footballer who played from Collingwood in 1987
  • Cecil Albert Faull (1930-2012), Irish clergyman, Dean of Leighlin (1991-1996)
  • Jonathan Faull (b. 1954), English official of the European Commission, Director-General for the Internal Market and Services (2010-)
  • Martin Peter Faull (b. 1968), former Australian cricketer who played from 1991 to 1999 for South Australia
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Faull Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Jure, non dono
Motto Translation: By right, not by gift.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 21st August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Prowse 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamprowse1854.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1854.shtml
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1857.shtml
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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