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Where did the English Fullwood family come from? What is the English Fullwood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fullwood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fullwood family history?The Fullwood surname is a habitational name derived either of the places named Fulwood in Nottinghamshire and Lancashire. These place names come in turn from the Old English words "ful," meaning "dirty," or "muddy," and "wudu," meaning "a wood."
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fullwood family name include Fulwood, Fullwood, Foulwood, Fullward, Fulward and others.
First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor in the West Riding. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1326 when Adam de Foulewode held estates.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fullwood research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, and 1606 are included under the topic Early Fullwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Fullwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fullwood surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Fullwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Fullwood Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Fullwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fullwood 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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