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Family name
Pronunciation Fawks, IPA: [fɔːks]
Meaning Falcon
Region of origin British Isles
Language(s) of origin Norman
Related names Fakes, Faulks, Faulkes, Fawks, Fawlks, Fawlkes, Foulks, Foulkes, Fowkes
Footnotes: [1]

Fawkes is a surname of Norman-French origin, first appearing in the British Isles after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.[1] The name ultimately derives from the pre-6th century Germanic given name of Falco (later Faulques) meaning "falcon". The first recorded spelling of the surname in England is that of one Geoffrey Faukes in 1221.[1]

It is also, less frequently, a given name.


Given name[edit]

  • Fawkes de Breauté, (died 1226), Anglo-Norman soldier who served in the First Barons' War
  • Fawkes, Dumbledore's phoenix in the Harry Potter books
  • Fawkes, a character on the web series The Guild, portrayed by Wil Wheaton
  • Fawkes, a character in the video game Fallout 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Last name: Fawkes". The Internet Surname Database. Retrieved 5 November 2011.