The Foulwood surname is a habitational name derived either of the places named Fulwood in Nottinghamshire
. These place names come in turn from the Old English words "ful," meaning "dirty," or "muddy," and "wudu," meaning "a wood."
Early Origins of the Foulwood family
The surname Foulwood was 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.
Early History of the Foulwood family
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Foulwood Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Foulwood include Fulwood, Fullwood, Foulwood, Fullward, Fulward and others.
Early Notables of the Foulwood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foulwood family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Foulwood or a variant listed above: John Fulwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; George Fullwood, who settled in Barbados in 1635; John Fullwood, who came to New York in 1637; Samuel Fulwood, who settled in Barbados in 1701.