The name Fewkes was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Fulco.
The line of this name descends from the noble house of Fulco
Nerra, who held the title of Count of Anjou
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)
Guido Fitz-Fulco of Normandy
was listed in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180-1195.)
Early Origins of the Fewkes family
The surname Fewkes was first found in Norfolk
where they were granted lands by William de Warrene. The first confirmed record of the family was Folco or Fulco who was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Rotuli Curiae Regis rolls list Robert, Geoffry, Theobald, William F. Fulco in England
The mix of forename and surname entries continued for some time as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists Folkes (without surname) in Cambridgeshire; John Folke in Cambridgeshire; and Matilda Folkis in Buckinghamshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The ffolkes variant was first coined by Sir Martin Browne ffolkes, 1st Baronet, FRS (1749-1821.) He was born Martin Folkes but chose to use the "ffolkes" spelling later in life. His descendants continued the tradition.
Early History of the Fewkes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fewkes research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1685, 1596, 1662, 1644, 1652, 1638, 1710, 1690, 1765, 1690 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Fewkes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fewkes Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Folke, Folk, Folkes, Fulke, Fooke, Fooks, Foolk, Fowke and many more.
Early Notables of the Fewkes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Fowke (c.
1596-1662), an English merchant and politician, Sheriff of London in 1644 and Lord Mayor of London in 1652; Phineas Fowke, M.D. (1638-1710), an... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fewkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fewkes family to Ireland
Some of the Fewkes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 106 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fewkes family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fewkes or a variant listed above:
Fewkes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alb B Fewkes, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1895
Fewkes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary Elizabeth Fewkes, aged 27, who settled in America from Leicester, in 1905
- William Fewkes, aged 72, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
- Ernest Fewkes, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States from Nottingham, England, in 1923
Fewkes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Fewkes, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
Contemporary Notables of the name Fewkes (post 1700)
- Jesse Walter Fewkes (1850-1930), American anthropologist, archaeologist, writer and naturalist
- Alfred Fewkes (1837-1912), English cricketer
The Fewkes 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: Qui sera sera
Motto Translation: Whatever will be.