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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Fawkes family, who lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vaux, Normandy.

Fawkes Early Origins



The surname Fawkes was first found in Essex where Robert de Vals, de Valibus, de Vaux was first listed shortly after the Conquest. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
However, the name was scattered throughout early Britain due to their strong Norman ancestry. Aitard de Vaux held estates in Norfolk in 1086 as did Randulph de Vaux in Cumberland. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
In part, this was due to the origin of the name "Vaux," a fairly common French place name which is plural of the word "val" which means in English "valley." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The "V" and "F" prefix was interchangeable at this time.

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Fawkes Spelling Variations


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Fawkes 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 Fawkes were recorded, including Faux, Fawkes, Fauks and others.

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Fawkes Early History


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Fawkes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fawkes research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1606, 1605, 1675 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Fawkes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fawkes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fawkes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fawkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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, Australia, 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 Fawkes arrived in North America very early:

Fawkes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Fawkes, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Win Fawkes, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • John Fawkes, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Fawkes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Fawkes settled in Virginia in 1739

Fawkes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Fawkes, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1835

Fawkes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Martha Fawkes arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
  • Edwin Fawkes, aged 19, a bricklayer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fawkes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fawkes (post 1700)



  • Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, infamous English revolutionary who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605; the failure is commemorated each year by a bonfire and fireworks display
  • Francis Fawkes (1720-1777), English poet and author of the well-known song, The Brown Jug
  • Richard Fawkes (b. 1944), English writer and director from Camberley, Surrey
  • Walter Ramsden Hawkesworth Fawkes (1769-1825), born Walter Ramsden Hawkesworth, English landowner in Yorkshire, Member of Parliament (MP) for Yorkshire (1806 to 1807), High Sheriff of Yorkshire (1823)
  • Chris Fawkes, English weather forecaster for the BBC
  • Major Frederick Hawksworth Fawkes (1870-1936), British Conservative Party politician and soldier, Member of Parliament for Pudsey & Otley (1922-1923)
  • Admiral Sir Wilmot Hawksworth Fawkes GCB KCVO (1846-1926), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
  • Sir Randol Francis Fawkes (1924-2000), Bahamian politician, trade unionist and lawyer, Speaker of the House
  • Barbara Noel Fawkes OBE, FRCN (1914-2002), British nurse and nursing educator, Chief Education Officer, General Nursing Council for England and Wales (1959 to 1974)
  • Major Frederick Hawksworth Fawkes (1870-1936), British Conservative Party politician
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: A Deo et Rege
Motto Translation: From God and the king.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

The Fawkes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fawkes 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.

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