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The ancestors of the Volker family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Volker came from the Germanic personal name Fulcher. It is composed of the elements folk, which means people, and hari, which means army.

Volker Early Origins



The surname Volker was first found in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire where they were granted lands about the time of William the Conqueror. Historically, the Fulchers were known as the Champions of Burgundy and records were found of the name spelt Fulchere in Normandy (1180-1195). [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The name could have also been derived from the Ango-Saxon word "folgere", in other words a follower, an attendant, a free-man who did not have a house of his own. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Volker Spelling Variations


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Volker 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 Fulcher, Fulger, Fulker, Fucher, Fullager, Folker, Foucar, Foulger, Futcher, Folger, Fugler, Fuche, Fuge, Fuidge, Fudge, Foutch and many more.

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Volker Early History


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Volker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Volker research. Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1273, 1284, 1272, 1307, 1379, 1737, 1803, 1795, 1855, 1830, 1893, 1617 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Volker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Volker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Volker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter Fulcher of Lincolnshire, Thomas Fulcher (1737-1803), a British architect, George Williams Fulcher (1795-1855), a well-known poet, and John...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Volker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Volker In Ireland


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Volker In Ireland



Some of the Volker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 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


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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 Volker or a variant listed above:

Volker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Valentin Volker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

Volker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Volker, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Johann Georg Volker, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Nicolas Volker, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Joh Bern Heinr Volker, who arrived in West Indies in 1833
  • Adam Volker, who arrived in Baltimore in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Volker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Volker, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1751

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Contemporary Notables of the name Volker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Volker (post 1700)



  • Sanford Volker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 87th District, 1964, 1966
  • Julius J. Volker, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1945-66 (Erie County 7th District 1945-65, 162nd District 1966); Defeated, 1966
  • Dale M. Volker, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly 148th District, 1973-74; Member of New York State Senate, 1975-91
  • Sandra Völker (b. 1974), German freestyle and backstroke swimmer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. 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. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  11. ...

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