Early Origins of the Volkingham family
The surname Volkingham was first found in Lincolnshire
at Folkingham (Falkingham), a village and civil parish at the northern edge of the South Kesteven district. "The origin of this town is attributed to the baronial residence of Gilbert de Gaunt, son of the Earl of Flanders
, and nephew of Matilda, queen of William the Conqueror; accompanying that monarch in his expedition against England
, he was rewarded for his services with 113 lordships in the county of Lincoln, of which he made this place the head." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Literally, the place name means "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Folca," from the Old English personal name
+ "-inga" + "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Domesday Book
of 1086 lists the place name as Folchingeham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and village of Folkingham, held by Gilbert de Gaunt, (c.
1040-1095) who built a castle there.
Early History of the Volkingham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Volkingham research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1683, 1757, 1732 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Volkingham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Volkingham Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Volkingham include Folkingham, Folkinham, Folkham, Volkingham, Volking, Falkingham, Falkinham, Folkington and many more.
Early Notables of the Volkingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Volkingham family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Volkinghams to arrive on North American shores: Clara I. Falkingham, aged 7, who arrived at Ellis Island
from London, England
, in 1920; Fannie Falkingham, aged 14, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1895.