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

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Fullem, Fullam, Fulham and others.

First found in Middlesex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Fulham, held by Fulcred who held the lands from the Bishop of London and who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pulham research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pulham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pulham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pulham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Pulham name or one of its variants:

Pulham Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Florence Pulham, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Geo.M. Pulham, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1894

Pulham Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Margaret Pulham, aged 22, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1902
  • Wilford Walter Pulham, aged 6, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Edith Annie Pulham, aged 33, who landed in America from Peckham Rye, in 1906
  • Arthur Pulham, aged 34, who settled in America from Tooting, England, in 1909
  • Minnie Pulham, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1912


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  • James Pulham (1793-1838), English landscape gardener from Woodbridge, Suffolk, founder of James Pulham and Son who won medals at London's Great Exhibition of 1851 and the 1862 International Exhibition


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Pulham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pulham 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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