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Fuke is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fuke family name 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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The surname Fuke 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.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Fuke has been recorded under many different variations, including Folke, Folk, Folkes, Fulke, Fooke, Fooks, Foolk, Fowke and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fuke 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 Fuke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Fuke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Fuke 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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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Fukes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Frederick, George, Hannah, Henry, and John Folk, who all settled in Philadelphia, Pa,. between 1753 and 1877; Jacob and John Folke settled there in 1737 and 1753 respectively. John Folkes settled in America in 1770.

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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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    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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