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The prestigious family surname Fulks originated in the territory that eventually became the German state of Prussia. The name comes from the Middle High German word "valke," meaning "falcon," and as such, the surname was likely originally a nickname or an occupational name.

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The surname Fulks was first found in Brandenburg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name emerged as a noble family with great influence, possessing extensive estates such as the castle Neuhaus and Thyrow in the region of Teltow as early as 1359, and became noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. They also held property in Saxony, near the city of Wittenburg, as well as the state Luemzow in the region of Neu-Stettin (Pomerania) in 1583.

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Fulks include Falk, Falcke, Valke, Falke, Falken and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fulks research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1832, 1786, 1555, 1614, 1768, 1826, 1827, 1900, 1823 and 1876 are included under the topic Early Fulks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fulks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fulks were Wulf Falk, who came to Philadelphia in 1847; Georg Falk, his wife Agnes, and their five children, who arrived in Texas in 1854; and Joseph Falk, who arrived in New Castle County, Delaware, in 1853..

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  • Matt Fulks, American sports journalist, author, broadcaster and feature writer
  • Sarah Jane Fulks (1914-2007), birth name of Jane Wyman, American singer, dancer, and character actress of film and television
  • Jessica Fulks, American actress, known for Lake Noir (2011)and Valeria (2017)
  • Alice Claire Fulks (b. 1982), American voice and stage actress known for Gilgamesh (2003), Appleseed Saga: Ex Ma China (2007) and Ping Pong (2008)
  • Robbie Fulks (b. 1963), American alternative country singer-songwriter
  • Joseph Franklin "Joe" Fulks (1921-1976), nicknamed "Jumping Joe," an American professional basketball player, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978


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

This page was last modified on 12 February 2016 at 07:47.

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