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Meaning & History
From an occupational surname meaning "falconer, one who hunts with falcons" in Old English, later (from the early 15th century) meaning "one who keeps and trains hawks". Falconry was a common feudal service, a sport tremendously popular among the aristocracy in medieval Europe, and most great houses had their falconers. A famous bearer of the surname was William Faulkner (1897–1962), Nobel Prize-winning American author and poet.