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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : from a medieval personal name, a short form of various Germanic personal names with the first element folk ‘people’. Compare Foulkes.
  • Czech : variant of the personal name Volek.
  • Slovenian : nickname from volk ‘wolf’.
  • Ukrainian : Russianized form of Ukrainian Vovk, a nickname meaning ‘wolf’.
  • Jewish (western Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Volk ‘people’.
  • English : variant of Foulks.

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