Fall Family History
Fall Name Meaning
Scottish or Irish: shortened form of McFall . English: topographic name Middle English fal(le) ‘fall descent’ (from Old English (ge)feall or (ge)fall ‘felling of trees’ Old Norse fall ‘forest clearing’) denoting a waterfall steep slope or (in northern England) a forest clearing. German: topographic name from Middle High German val ‘fall (of trees)’ in some cases ‘waterfall’ or ‘landslide’; or a habitational name from a minor place called with this word or in Tyrol from Ladine val ‘valley’. West African (mainly Senegal also Mali Mauritania and Guinea): Tukulor name of unexplained etymology. It is also found among the Wolof and Soninke peoples.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022