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The name Fowke arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Fowke comes from the Norman personal name Fulco. The line of this name descends from the noble house of Fulco Nerra, who held the title of Count of Anjou, Normandy.

Fowke Early Origins



The surname Fowke was first found in Norfolk where they were granted lands by William de Warrene and were conjecturally descended from Fulco Nerra, the Count of Anjou.

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Fowke Spelling Variations


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Fowke 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 Folke, Folk, Folkes, Fulke, Fooke, Fooks, Foolk, Fowke and many more.

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Fowke Early History


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Fowke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowke research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1685, 1596, 1662, 1644, 1652, 1638, 1710, 1690 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Fowke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fowke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fowke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Ffolkes; John Fowke ( c. 1596-1662), an English merchant and politician, Sheriff of London in 1644 and Lord Mayor of...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fowke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fowke In Ireland


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Fowke In Ireland



Some of the Fowke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Fowke or a variant listed above:

Fowke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Fowke, who arrived in Virginia in 1645
  • Gerard Fowke, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Tho Fowke, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Richard Fowke, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Gerrard Fowke settled in Virginia in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fowke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Job Fowke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fowke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fowke (post 1700)



  • Gerard Fowke (1855-1933), American archeologist and geologist best known for his studies of Native American mounds
  • Gustavus Henry Spencer Fowke (1880-1946), English army officer and also a first-class cricketer who played for Leicestershire and the Army between 1899 and 1927
  • Philip Francis Fowke (b. 1950), English pianist
  • Frederick Luther Fowke (1857-1939), Canadian merchant and politician who represented Ontario South in the Canadian House of Commons from 1908 to 1911
  • Lieutenant General Sir George Henry Fowke KCB, KCMG (1864-1936), British Army general, member of the British Expeditionary Force during the First World War
  • Edith Fowke CM (1913-1996), Canadian folklorist
  • Sir David Frederick Gustavus Fowke (b. 1950), 5th Baronet of Lowesby, County of Leicester
  • Sir Frederick Woollaston Rawdon Fowke (1910-1987), 4th Baronet of Lowesby, County of Leicester
  • Sir Frederick Ferrers Conant Fowke (1879-1948), 3rd Baronet of Lowesby, County of Leicester
  • Sir Frederick Thomas Fowke (1816-1897), 2nd Baronet of Lowesby, County of Leicester
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Qui sera sera
Motto Translation: Whatever will be.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    11. ...

    The Fowke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fowke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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