Ffowckes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Ffowckes is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ffowckes family lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vaux, Normandy. 
Early Origins of the Ffowckes family
The surname Ffowckes was first found in Essex where Robert de Vals, de Valibus, de Vaux was first listed shortly after the Conquest. 
However, the name was scattered throughout early Britain due to their strong Norman ancestry. Aitard de Vaux held estates in Norfolk in 1086 as did Randulph de Vaux in Cumberland. 
In part, this was due to the origin of the name "Vaux," a fairly common French place name which is plural of the word "val" which means in English "valley."  The "V" and "F" prefix was interchangeable at this time.
Early History of the Ffowckes family
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Ffowckes Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ffowckes family name include Faux, Fawkes, Fauks and others.
Early Notables of the Ffowckes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ffowckes family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ffowckes family to immigrate North America: Henry Fauks arrived in Pennsylvania in 1871; John Fawkes settled in Virginia in 1739; John Faux settled in Barbados in 1634; Robert Faux settled in New England in 1698.
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The Ffowckes 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: A Deo et Rege
Motto Translation: From God and the king.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)