Meaning of the name
Falken: “strong, heroic”
Reck: “Judge, Knight, Hero, Calculate”. Reck originates from the Celtic word “Rick” meaning “Law”. The ancient nobility acted as judge, knight and administrator for a certain region on behalf of the Roman Catholic Empire (Charlemagne).
The merging of these two Nobility names had to be approved by the Monarch in the 16th century in the Holy Roman Empire.
There is a small number of German noble families that do not carry “von”. These are the “Uradel” (e.g. Haus Reuß)
Falken and Reck are written as one word otherwise it would suggest that the 1000 miles of land between the Falken territory in the East of Germany and the Reck territory in the West is also theirs. It is also correct to write Falkenreck with a hyphen: Falken-Reck.
At the time the family von Falken moves to Earldom Mark, to be precise Hamm, ancestral seat of Familie Reck and also the location of “Haus Reck”, the Family Reck had a lot of influence. This can be seen in the text below: