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

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pulliam include 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 Pulliam research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pulliam History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Pulliam 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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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Pulliams to arrive on North American shores:

Pulliam Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Pulliam, who arrived in Virginia in 1636

Pulliam Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Pulliam, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Pulliam Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Felice Pulliam, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Mrs W E Pulliam, aged 21, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • Henrietta Pulliam, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Carl Pulliam, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1911
  • W. E. Pulliam, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911


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  • Keshia Knight Pulliam (b. 1979), Jamaican-born, American Emmy nominated actress
  • Eugene Collins Pulliam (1889-1975), American newspaper publisher and businessman
  • Harry Clay Pulliam (1865-1909), American baseball executive
  • Myrta Jane Pulliam (b. 1947), American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
  • James A. Pulliam, American politician, 19th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado (1917 to 1919)
  • Nicole Pulliam, American actress
  • Adolphus "Dolph" Pulliam (b. 1946), former American basketball player


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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. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Pulliam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pulliam 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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