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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Irish

Where did the English Fuller family come from? What is the English Fuller family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fuller family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fuller family history?

Fuller is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a person who worked as a fuller. During medieval times the work of the fuller was to wash yardage, by scouring and thickening the cloth for the purpose of pre-shrinking. The fuller would do this by beating and trampling the raw cloth while it was soaking in the water.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Fuller include Fuller, Fullere, Fullar, Fullo and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fuller research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1376, 1386, 1580, 1633, 1580, 1659, 1640, 1606, 1672, 1608, 1675, 1660, 1663, 1667, 1608, 1661, 1635, 1700, 1637, 1701, 1654, 1734, 1583 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Fuller History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 223 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fuller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fuller family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Fuller were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Fuller Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Fuller who landed in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Ann Fuller, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Anna Fuller, who arrived in America in 1620
  • Samual Fuller, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Samuel Fuller, who arrived in America in 1620


Fuller Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Bartholomew Fuller settled in Maryland in 1733
  • George Fuller, who landed in America in 1740
  • Elisabeth Fuller, who landed in America in 1772

Fuller Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Lucy Fuller, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Anthy Fuller, who arrived in America in 1823
  • Wm Fuller, who landed in America in 1823
  • James Cummings Fuller, who landed in New York in 1834
  • Franklin Fuller, who landed in Texas in 1835


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  • Melville Weston Fuller (1833-1910), American jurist, 8th Chief Justice of the United States (1888-1910)
  • Mary Louise "Loie" Fuller (1862-1928), American dancer and theatrical innovator
  • George Fuller (1822-1884), American painter
  • Alfred C Fuller (1885-1973), American businessman who founded the Fuller Brush Company in 1906
  • Ben Hebard Fuller (1870-1937), American, U.S. Marine Corps general, commandant of the Marine Corps from 1930-1934
  • Sarah Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), American editor, essayist, poet and teacher
  • Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (1895-1983), American architect and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Captain Edward Canfield Fuller (1893-1918), American Marine officer posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the Army
  • Charles H. Fuller Jr. (b. 1939), American playwright awarded the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Millard Dean Fuller (1935-2009), American founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity International and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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  • Fuller-Dunham Genealogy: From Edward Fuller of the Mayflower by Robert Wallace Dunham.
  • Fullers, Sissons, and Scotts, Our Yeoman Ancestors: 46 New England and New York Families by Carol Clark Johnson.
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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Fuller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fuller Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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