Felger is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Felger is a name that comes from the Germanic personal name Fulcher.
It is composed of the elements folk,
which means people,
which means army.
Early Origins of the Felger family
The surname Felger was first found in Lincolnshire
where they were granted lands about the time of William the Conqueror. Historically, the Fulchers were known as the Champions of Burgundy and records were found of the name spelt Fulchere in Normandy
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)
The name could have also been derived from the Ango-Saxon word "folgere", in other words a follower, an attendant, a free-man who did not have a house of his own. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Felger family
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Felger Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Fulcher, Fulger, Fulker, Fucher, Fullager, Folker, Foucar, Foulger, Futcher, Folger, Fugler, Fuche, Fuge, Fuidge, Fudge, Foutch and many more.
Early Notables of the Felger family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter Fulcher of Lincolnshire
, Thomas Fulcher (1737-1803), a British architect, George Williams Fulcher (1795-1855), a well-known poet, and John... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Felger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Felger family to Ireland
Some of the Felger family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Felger family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Felger or a variant listed above were:
Felger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Felger, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Felger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Adolf Felger, aged 2, who arrived in America, in 1906
- Bertha Felger, aged 26, who arrived in America from Frankfurt, Germany, in 1906
- Heinrich Felger, aged 4, who arrived in America from Fagoda, Samara, Russia, in 1907
- Marie Felger, aged 7, who arrived in America from Fagoda, Samara, Russia, in 1907
- Jacob Felger, aged 25, who arrived in America from Odessa, Russia, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Felger (post 1700)
- Michael "Mike" Felger, American television sports reporter and anchorman for Comcast SportsNet New England