The surname Filking 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 Filking family
The surname Filking 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, the first record of the surname was found in Cheshire
in the 13th century when Filkin family held estates there at that time.
Early History of the Filking family
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Filking Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Filking has undergone many spelling variations
, including Filkin, Filkyn, Fylkin, Fulkin, Fulkyn, Filkins, Philkin, Phylkin, Filken, Felkin and many more.
Early Notables of the Filking family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Filking family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Filking were among those contributors: a Robert Philkyn, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 as a British emigrant. Owen, Peter, and Robert Filkin all received land grants in Virginia between 1656 and 1713. Also, a J.H. Filkin arrived by ship in San Francisco in 1852..