Fall Family History
Fall Name Meaning
Scottish or Irish: reduced form of McFall. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a waterfall, declivity, or forest clearing, Middle English fall (from Old English (ge)fall ‘a felling of trees’, Old Norse fall ‘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 named with this word, or in Tyrol from Ladine val ‘valley’. African: unexplained.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press