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Folger is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Fulcher. It is composed of the elements folk, which means people, and hari, which means army.

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The surname Folger was first found in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire where they were granted lands about the time of William the Conqueror. Historically, the Fulchers were known as the Champions of Burgundy and records were found of the name spelt Fulchere in Normandy (1180-1195). [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The name could have also been derived from the Ango-Saxon word "folgere", in other words a follower, an attendant, a free-man who did not have a house of his own. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Folger include Fulcher, Fulger, Fulker, Fucher, Fullager, Folker, Foucar, Foulger, Futcher, Folger, Fugler, Fuche, Fuge, Fuidge, Fudge, Foutch and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Folger research. Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1273, 1284, 1272, 1307, 1379, 1737, 1803, 1795, 1855, 1830, 1893, 1617 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Folger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter Fulcher of Lincolnshire, Thomas Fulcher (1737-1803), a British architect, George Williams Fulcher (1795-1855), a well-known poet, and John...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Folger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Folger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Folgers to arrive on North American shores:

Folger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Folger, who settled in Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Folger, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Peter Folger, who arrived in New England in 1635

Folger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B Folger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Fred Folger, who settled in New Orleans in 1820
  • Catherine Folger, who settled in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1820
  • Robert Folger, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Joseph Folger, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
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  • James Athearn "J.A." Folger (1835-1889), American founder of the Folgers Coffee Company
  • Alfred R. N. Folger, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Gaffney, South Carolina, 1899-1908
  • Alonzo Dillard Folger (1888-1941), American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from North Carolina, 1939-40; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 1939-41
  • Carlos S. Folger, American politician, Mayor of Columbus, Indiana, 1944
  • Charles James Folger (1818-1884), American Republican politician, Common Pleas Court Judge in New York, 1844; County Judge in New York, 1851-55; Member of New York State Senate 26th District, 1862-69
  • Francis B. Folger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1856
  • Fred Folger (b. 1900), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 23rd District, 1935-36, 1939-40, 1959
  • Howard Sidney Folger (b. 1867), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Kingston, 1915-20
  • John Clifford Folger (1896-1981), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, 1957-59
  • John Hamlin Folger (1880-1963), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1927-28; Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1931-32
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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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