Fawkes is a surname of Norman-French origin, first appearing in the British Isles after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. 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.

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    A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy.
    —Guy Fawkes (1570–1606)

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    Hale dead and deathless do the women of the hill
    Love for ever meridian through the courters’ trees
    And the daughters of darkness flame like Fawkes fires still.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)