Foulk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Foulk is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Foulk family lived in Essex. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vaux, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Foulk family

The surname Foulk was first found in Essex where Robert de Vals, de Valibus, de Vaux was first listed shortly after the Conquest. [1] However, the name was scattered throughout early Britain due to their strong Norman ancestry. Aitard de Vaux held estates in Norfolk in 1086 as did Randulph de Vaux in Cumberland. [2] In part, this was due to the origin of the name "Vaux," a fairly common French place name which is plural of the word "val" which means in English "valley." [1] The "V" and "F" prefix was interchangeable at this time.

Important Dates for the Foulk family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foulk research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1606, 1605, 1675 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Foulk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Foulk 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 Faux, Fawkes, Fauks and others.

Early Notables of the Foulk family (pre 1700)

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Foulk migration to the United States

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 Foulk or a variant listed above:

Foulk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • V. Foulk who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1823
Foulk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick B. Foulk, aged 27, originally from New York, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Vasari" from Buenos Aires, Argentina [3]
  • Marguerite Foulk, aged 26, originally from New York, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Vasari" from Buenos Aires, Argentina [4]
  • Richard Foulk, originally from New York, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Vasari" from Buenos Aires, Argentina [5]
  • Louis Foulk, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Pastores" from New York [6]

Foulk migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Foulk Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Moses Foulk U.E. who settled in Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Foulk (post 1700)

  • Frank Scott Foulk (1865-1944), American politician, Mayor of Normal, Illinois, 1919-25 [8]

Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67T-FPB : 6 December 2014), Frederick B. Foulk, 12 Jun 1919; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Vasari, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67T-FP1 : 6 December 2014), Marguerite Foulk, 12 Jun 1919; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Vasari, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67T-F5M : 6 December 2014), Richard Foulk, 12 Jun 1919; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Vasari, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X5-14M : 6 December 2014), Louis Foulk, 18 Jul 1920; citing departure port New York, arrival port New York, ship name Pastores, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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