Sue, there are about 52 variations in the spelling of the name Fowlkes. The most common way is: Fulk, Fulks, Fults, Fultz, Foulks, Fowlkes and Folks. This surname was derived from the French, Foulques, which means “people Nation.” It is associated with the English and French, meaning “descendent of Foulques”. The name originated about 800 AD in Anjou, France. There was an Archbishop of Reims 883-900, named Fulk. He got involved in politics and lost his head June 17, 900AD.
The Fulk descendants ruled Anjou from about 800 to 1213. In 1213 King John lost Anjou to the French King. The seat of government was at Angers. The Fulkes were known as castles builders. The castle at Angers was burned in 1132. It was rebuilt in 1137 by Geoffrey, son of Fulk V and husband of Matilda, the daughter of Henry, King of England. Geoffrey was known as the handsome Count of Anjou - the son of Fulk V and the ancestor of the English Plantagenet Kings. Fulk V left Anjou in care of his 16 year old son, Geoffrey, in 1129 to become King of Jerusalem. The first castle burned in 1132. Geoffrey built another castle, completed in 1137, is still standing. I was there on a Globus tour in ‘98 and made a picture of the Fulk castle which is in my Chaffin and Hoover’s Gap books. A statement of the Fulks line from Sir Richard (1000) to myself (32 generations), similar to that made on Genform dated May 27, 2001, is in the Liberty Gap and Hoover’s Gap books. During the tour we went to the Catholic Cathedral in Reims where I got a book on Anjou by Rena Polette. I lost it the next year when we went to Norway.
The information you asked about can be found in several books, encyclopedias, Some branches of the Fowlkes Family by David Andrew Sturgill, Roots LTD, etc. I think Congressman Fulks from MO spent thousands of dollars having the Fulks family, his line, traced back to Sir Richard Fowke of Brittany. You might find the book Robert the Burgundian and the Counts of Anjou, Ca. 1025-1098 by W. Scott Jessee very interesting.
There are several Fulk, Fults, Folks, etc. coat-of-arms. The Fulk coat-of arms that the Counts of Anjou used is the official flag flown today over the province of Normandy. It is the cover I plan to use when I publish my Fulks book.
The Fulkes came to England in 1066 with William the Conquer. My ancestor, William Foulks and his brother, Thomas, came to Jamestown in 1620 as indentured servants. Gerrard Fowkes, the rich side of the family, came to VA in 1655 with George Washington’s ancestors and settled in Westmoreland County.
Yes, there was a Guy Fawkes that got into trouble. I think he was a leader in some movement against the King. When I was in London in ‘97, I was given a tour of the castle where Guy Fawkes was held a prisoner and later beheaded or hanged, I can’t remember which. John Fults
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