Show ContentsFolland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Folland comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who worked as the fowler or the bird-catcher having derived from the Old English word "fugelere" which literally means "hunter of wild birds, fowler" [1]

Early Origins of the Folland family

The surname Folland was first found in Lincolnshire where Richard Fugelere was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1218. A few years later, Roger le Fugler was found in Norfolk in 1227. [1] In Wiltshire, one of the first records of the name was John the Foeglere who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. A few years later William le Foggheler and Henry le Fogheler were both listed in Somerset during the reign of King Edward III. [2]

By the time of the Yorkshire Poll Tax in 1379, Ricardus Foghler and Rogerus Foghler were both listed in Yorkshire. [2] Fawler is a hamlet and civil parish in the valley of the River Evenlode in Oxfordshire. It dates back to 1205 when it was first listed as Fauflor and probably meant "variegated floor" as in "tessellated pavement" from the Old English words fag + flor. [3]

Early History of the Folland family

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Folland Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Folland include Fowler, Fouler, Fowlers, Fouler, Fowlar, Folar, Fouller, Fowlare, Foweller, Fowaller, Foulier, Foullar, Foular and many more.

Early Notables of the Folland family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Fowler (1537-1579), English Catholic printer and scholar, born at Bristol in 1537; Abraham Fowler (fl. 1577), an English poet, a Queen's scholar at Westminster; Christopher Fowler (1610?-1678), an English ejected minister by the Uniformity Act of 1662; Thomas Fowler, (died 1590), English lawyer, diplomat, courtier, spy...
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Ireland Migration of the Folland family to Ireland

Some of the Folland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Folland migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Folland or a variant listed above:

Folland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Folland, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [4]
Folland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Clara Folland, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Lavina Folland, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Nellie Folland, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Folland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Julia Folland, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1906
  • William Folland, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Hatherleigh, in 1906
  • James Folland, aged 21, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1920
  • Geo. Folland, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Samuel Folland, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Folland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Folland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Folland, aged 24, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834

Australia Folland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Folland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Folland, aged 31, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Folland (post 1700) +

  • William Henry Folland (1877-1941), American Republican politician, Justice of Utah State Supreme Court, 1929-39; Chief Justice of Utah State Supreme Court, 1937-39 [6]
  • Michael Fleming Folland (1949-1969), United States Army soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War
  • Gerald Budge Folland (b. 1947), American mathematician and a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington
  • Alison Folland (b. 1978), American actress from Boston
  • Neil Geoffrey Folland (b. 1960), English cricketer
  • Nicholas "Nick" Arthur Folland (b. 1963), English former first-class cricketer
  • Robert "Rob" Folland (b. 1979), English footballer
  • Henry Philip Folland (1889-1954), English aviation engineer and aircraft designer, founder of Folland Aircraft, a British aircraft manufacturing company which built the Folland Gnat, Folland Midge and the Folland Fo. 108

The Folland Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sapiens qui vigilat
Motto Translation: He is wise who watches

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook