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Where did the English Fowkes family come from? What is the English Fowkes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fowkes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fowkes family history?

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, Normandy.

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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.

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowkes 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 Fowkes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fowkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fowkes 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.

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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 settled in Jamaica in 1685

Fowkes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John H Fowkes, who landed in Mississippi in 1851

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  • 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
  • Francis Fowkes (1823-1865), British engineer and architect, and a Captain in the Corps of Royal Engineers
  • Frederick Luther Fowkes (1857-1939), Canadian merchant and political figure in Ontario


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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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The Fowkes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fowkes 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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