Early Origins of the Folkham family
The surname Folkham was first found in Lincolnshire
at Folkingham (Falkingham), a village and civil parish at the northern edge of the South Kesteven district. "The origin of this town is attributed to the baronial residence of Gilbert de Gaunt, son of the Earl of Flanders
, and nephew of Matilda, queen of William the Conqueror; accompanying that monarch in his expedition against England
, he was rewarded for his services with 113 lordships in the county of Lincoln, of which he made this place the head." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Literally, the place name means "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Folca," from the Old English personal name
+ "-inga" + "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Domesday Book
of 1086 lists the place name as Folchingeham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and village of Folkingham, held by Gilbert de Gaunt, (c.
1040-1095) who built a castle there.
Early History of the Folkham family
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Folkham Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Folkingham, Folkinham, Folkham, Volkingham, Volking, Falkingham, Falkinham, Folkington and many more.
Early Notables of the Folkham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Folkham family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Folkham or a variant listed above: Clara I. Falkingham, aged 7, who arrived at Ellis Island
from London, England
, in 1920; Fannie Falkingham, aged 14, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1895.