Felker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Felker family

The surname Felker was 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.

Important Dates for the Felker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felker research. Another 165 words (12 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Felker Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Felker family (pre 1700)

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Felker migration to the United States

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 [2]
  • John Jacob Felker, aged 17, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Adam Felker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1757 [2]
  • Jacob Felker, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1798 [2]
Felker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Felker, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833 [2]
  • Daniel Felker, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842 [2]
  • Herman Felker, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [2]
  • Gerhard Felker, aged 1, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [2]
  • Gertrot Felker, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Felker migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Felker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Frederick Felker U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Felker (post 1700)

  • 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)
  • Samuel Demeritt Felker (1859-1932), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Rochester, New Hampshire, 1896-97; Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1909; Governor of New Hampshire, 1913-15 [4]
  • Joseph Harben Felker (1860-1944), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Walton County, 1896-99, 1929-31; Member of Georgia State Senate 27th District, 1911-12 [4]
  • C. E. Felker, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1956 [4]
  • Mrs. C. E. Felker, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1952 [4]
  • Mrs. Billie J. Felker, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1972 [4]
  • Albert G. Felker, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1936 [4]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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