Folkingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Folkingham family
The surname Folkingham 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."  Literally, the place name means "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Folca," from the Old English personal name + "-inga" + "ham."  The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place name as Folchingeham  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 Folkingham family
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Folkingham Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Folkingham, Folkinham, Folkham, Volkingham, Volking, Falkingham, Falkinham, Folkington and many more.
Early Notables of the Folkingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Folkingham family
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Folkingham 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.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)