Folkinham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Folkinham family

The surname Folkinham 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." [1] Literally, the place name means "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Folca," from the Old English personal name + "-inga" + "ham." [2] The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place name as Folchingeham [3] 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.

Important Dates for the Folkinham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Folkinham research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1683, 1757, 1732 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Folkinham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Folkinham Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Folkingham, Folkinham, Folkham, Volkingham, Volking, Falkingham, Falkinham, Folkington and many more.

Early Notables of the Folkinham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Folkinham family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Folkinham 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.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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