England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Folkert is a name that 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 Folkert continued to be used as a first name in the areas of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Folkert family
Devon, where they settled after 1066. Radulfus Fochart was registered in Normandy in 1198.
Early History of the Folkert family
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Folkert Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Folkard, Fokard, Folkart, Folkert, Foucard and many more.
Early Notables of the Folkert family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Folkert family to Ireland
Some of the Folkert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Folkert family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Folkert or a variant listed above were:
Folkert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Folkert (post 1700)
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