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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. FAWLEE  [key]

Meaning & History

This is a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as the fowler or the bird-catcher having derived from the Old English word "fugelere" which literally means "hunter of wild birds, fowler"

Thought to have come from the place name of Fawley in Berkshire, England. Notable examples include the inspiration for "Marygreen" of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, as well as a notable surname in the Harry Potter series, in which a minor character Hector Fawley served as Minister for Magic between 1925-1939. Additionally, the Fawleys (Aubrey and Julia) are characters in J. K. Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy.
Added 10/7/2020 by Linguist56
Edited 10/7/2020 by Linguist56