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Multiple Origins for the Surname Folk



The ancient and distinguished German surname Folk is derived from the Germanic personal name "Volkher," which is composed of the elements "volk," meaning "people," and "her," meaning "army." The name was popular during the early Middle Ages due to the famous Austrian epic poem "Nibelungenlied," which featured a character called "Volker the Fiddler." Both the surname and the given name could be found in many areas of Germany under a number of spelling variations.

Folk Early Origins



The surname Folk was first found in the south, near the border of Austria, where the fame of the "Niebelungenlied" first reached Germany. The first recorded bearer of the surname was Conrad filius ("son of") Volkardi, who was living near Tuttlingen, Swabia in 1280. The young Folk family played a major role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of medieval German society.

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Folk Spelling Variations


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Folk Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Volker, Voelker, Völker, Volkert, Folkart, Foutch, Folk, Volk, Folkerth, Fulchard, Volhard, Volchert, Folgert, Vollert and many more.

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Folk Early History


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Folk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Folk research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1331, 1383, 1434, 1626, 1677, 1761, 1767, and 1845 are included under the topic Early Folk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Folk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Folk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Folk 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Folk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Folk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Baltas Folk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Christoph Folk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Joh Jurg Folk, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Jerig Folk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Folk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Folk, aged 29, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • John Folk, aged 48, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Hannah Folk, aged 24, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Michael Folk, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Jens Folk, aged 40, landed in New York, NY in 1869
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Folk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Folk (post 1700)



  • Edward Folk (d. 1943), American politician, Mayor of Canton, Ohio, 1939-43
  • Nicholas "Nick" Folk (b. 1984), American NFL football player
  • Reau E. Folk, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1912
  • Michael Folk, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 63rd District; Elected 2012
  • Joseph Wingate Folk (1869-1923), American Democrat politician, Governor of Missouri, 1905-09; Speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1912 ; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1918
  • Mrs. Joseph W. Folk, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1936
  • Henry Calhoun Folk, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1912; Member of South Carolina State Senate from Bamberg County, 1933-36
  • Frank Folk, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1992
  • Richard Dale Folk (b. 1950), Canadian curler, two-time world curling champion

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Folk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Folk 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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