Fowkes is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Fowkes 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
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)
Guido Fitz-Fulco of Normandy
was listed in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180-1195.)
Early Origins of the Fowkes family
The surname Fowkes was first found in Norfolk
where they were granted lands by William de Warrene. The first confirmed record of the family was Folco or Fulco who was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Rotuli Curiae Regis rolls list Robert, Geoffry, Theobald, William F. Fulco in England
The mix of forename and surname entries continued for some time as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists Folkes (without surname) in Cambridgeshire; John Folke in Cambridgeshire; and Matilda Folkis in Buckinghamshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The ffolkes variant was first coined by Sir Martin Browne ffolkes, 1st Baronet, FRS (1749-1821.) He was born Martin Folkes but chose to use the "ffolkes" spelling later in life. His descendants continued the tradition.
Early History of the Fowkes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowkes research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1685, 1596, 1662, 1644, 1652, 1638, 1710, 1690, 1765, 1690 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Fowkes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fowkes Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Folke, Folk, Folkes, Fulke, Fooke, Fooks, Foolk, Fowke and many more.
Early Notables of the Fowkes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Fowke (c.
1596-1662), an English merchant and politician, Sheriff of London in 1644 and Lord Mayor of London in 1652; Phineas Fowke, M.D. (1638-1710), an... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fowkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fowkes family to Ireland
Some of the Fowkes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 106 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fowkes family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Fowkes or a variant listed above were:
Fowkes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Fowkes, who settled in Jamaica in 1685
Fowkes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John H Fowkes, who landed in Mississippi in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Fowkes (post 1700)
- Conard Fowkes (1933-2009), American actor, known for his roles in the soap operas The Secret Storm, Search For Tomorrow, Dark Shadows, The Edge of Night
- Robert Allen Fowkes (1913-1998), noted American linguist
- Charles Christopher Fowkes CBE, DSO (1894-1966), nicknamed "Fluffy," an English officer in the British Army during World War II
- Frederick Luther Fowkes (1857-1939), Canadian merchant and political figure in Ontario
- Francis Fowkes (1823-1865), British engineer and architect, and a Captain in the Corps of Royal Engineers
The Fowkes 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.