Folkerth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient and distinguished German surname Folkerth is derived from the Germanic personal name "Volkher," which is composed of the elements "volk," meaning "people," and "her," meaning "army." The name was popular during the early Middle Ages due to the famous Austrian epic poem "Nibelungenlied," which featured a character called "Volker the Fiddler." Both the surname and the given name could be found in many areas of Germany under a number of spelling variations.
Early Origins of the Folkerth family
The surname Folkerth was first found in the south, near the border of Austria, where the fame of the "Niebelungenlied" first reached Germany. The first recorded bearer of the surname was Conrad filius ("son of") Volkardi, who was living near Tuttlingen, Swabia in 1280. The young Folkerth family played a major role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of medieval German society.
Early History of the Folkerth family
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Folkerth Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Volker, Voelker, Völker, Volkert, Folkart, Foutch, Folk, Volk, Folkerth, Fulchard, Volhard, Volchert, Folgert, Vollert and many more.
Early Notables of the Folkerth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Folkerth family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Volkert, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Carolina in 1738; Andrew Volker, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1751; Adam Volker, who arrived in Baltimore in 1834.