Folkinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Folkinton family
The surname Folkinton 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.
Important Dates for the Folkinton family
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Folkinton Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Folkinton are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Folkinton include Folkingham, Folkinham, Folkham, Volkingham, Volking, Falkingham, Falkinham, Folkington and many more.
Early Notables of the Folkinton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Folkinton family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Folkinton, 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.
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- ^ 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)