Folkard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Folkard came to England with the ancestors of the Folkard family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the medieval given name Folchard. This Norman name is of Germanic origin, and is composed of the elements folk, which means people, and hard, which means brave, strong, or hardy. In the 12th century, the name Folkard continued to be used as a first name in the areas of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Folkard family

The surname Folkard was first found in Devon, where they settled after 1066. Radulfus Fochart was registered in Normandy in 1198.

Early History of the Folkard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Folkard research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1218, 1273, 1294, 1327, 1458, and 1806 are included under the topic Early Folkard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Folkard Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Folkard, Fokard, Folkart, Folkert, Foucard and many more.

Early Notables of the Folkard family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Folkard family to Ireland

Some of the Folkard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Folkard migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Folkard name or one of its variants:

Folkard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R. D. Folkard, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Folkard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Folkard, aged 22, who settled in America from Hull, England, in 1907
  • John Folkard, aged 50, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1907
  • Ellen Folkard, aged 37, who settled in America from Manchester, England, in 1919
  • Albert Folkard, aged 4, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1919
  • Alfred Folkard, aged 32, who settled in America from Corbridge, England, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Folkard migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Folkard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Folkard, (Woods), (b. 1827), aged 17, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Folkard (post 1700) +

  • Charles James Folkard (1878-1963), English illustrator, creator of Teddy Tail, a popular cartoon character who ran in the Daily Mail
  • Naomi Folkard (b. 1983), English archer from Leamington Spa, England
  • Steven Folkard, British lawyer and author
  • Henry Folkard, British lawyer and author


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blundell


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