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Where did the English Felker family come from? What is the English Felker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Felker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Felker family history?

The surname Felker was a patronymic surname, created from a form of the medieval personal name Philip. It was also a habitational name from a place name in Oxfordshire. Forms of the name such as de Filking(es) are found in this region from the 12th and 13th centuries.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Felker has been recorded under many different variations, including Filkin, Filkyn, Fylkin, Fulkin, Fulkyn, Filkins, Philkin, Phylkin, Filken, Felkin and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire at Filkins is a village in the civil parish of Filkins and Broughton Poggs. The village dates back to the 12th century when it was listed as Filching. The place name probably means "settlement of the family or followers of a man called Filica," from the Old English personal name + "-ingas." [1] However, the first record of the surname was found in Cheshire in the 13th century when Filkin family held estates there at that time.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felker research. Another 329 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1549, 1453, 1583, 1510, 1600, 1045, 1424, 1505, 1535, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Felker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Felker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Felker or a variant listed above:

Felker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Erick Felker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • John Jacob Felker, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Adam Felker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1757
  • Jacob Felker, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1798

Felker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Felker, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Daniel Felker, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
  • Herman Felker, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Gerhard Felker, aged 1, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Gertrot Felker, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845


Felker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. John Frederick Felker U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. John Frederick Felker U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

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  • Eugene Marvin "Gene" Felker (b. 1929), former American football end
  • Matthew Felker (b. 1980), American writer, producer, actor, and model
  • Rockey Felker (b. 1953), former American quarterback and head football coach
  • Samuel Demeritt Felker (1859-1932), American lawyer and Democratic politician from Rochester, New Hampshire, 54th Governor of New Hampshire (1913-1915)
  • Harry "Butch" Felker (b. 1945), American politician and former mayor of Topeka, Kansas (2002-2003)
  • Clay Felker (1925-2008), American magazine editor and journalist who founded New York Magazine in 1968


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Felker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Felker 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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