Show ContentsFulcher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Fulcher is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Fulcher family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Fulcher comes from the Germanic personal name Fulcher. It is composed of the elements folk, which means people, and hari, which means army.

Early Origins of the Fulcher family

The surname Fulcher was first found in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire where they were granted lands about the time of William the Conqueror. Historically, the Fulchers were known as the Champions of Burgundy and records were found of the name spelt Fulchere in Normandy (1180-1195). [1] The name could have also been derived from the Ango-Saxon word "folgere", in other words a follower, an attendant, a free-man who did not have a house of his own. [2]

Early History of the Fulcher family

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Fulcher Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fulcher were recorded, including Fulcher, Fulger, Fulker, Fucher, Fullager, Folker, Foucar, Foulger, Futcher, Folger, Fugler, Fuche, Fuge, Fuidge, Fudge, Foutch and many more.

Early Notables of the Fulcher family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter Fulcher of Lincolnshire, Thomas Fulcher (1737-1803), a British architect, George Williams Fulcher (1795-1855), a well-known poet, and John...
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Fulcher Ranking

In the United States, the name Fulcher is the 4,203rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Fulcher family to Ireland

Some of the Fulcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Fulcher migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Fulcher arrived in North America very early:

Fulcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Fulcher, who purchased land in Virginia in 1652
Fulcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Fulcher, who immigrated to Virginia in 1773
Fulcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joshua Fulcher, who immigrated to Texas in 1835

Canada Fulcher migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fulcher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Fulcher, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Australia Fulcher migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fulcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Fulcher migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fulcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Patience Fulcher, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fulcher (post 1700) +

  • William Marcus "Bill" Fulcher (1934-2022), American football player and coach who played college football at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Russell M. Fulcher (b. 1962), American politician, Member of the Idaho Senate from the 22nd district (2012-2014)
  • Rich Fulcher (b. 1968), American comedian and author
  • Mondriel DeCarlos A. Fulcher (b. 1976), former American football tight end for the Oakland Raiders (2000–2002)
  • David Dwayne Fulcher (b. 1964), former American football safety who played for the Cincinnati Bengals (1986–1992) and the Los Angeles Raiders (1993)
  • Colin Fulcher (1942-1983), known as Barney Bubbles, an English graphic artist
  • Jonathan "Jonni" Fulcher (b. 1974), Swiss top-ranked professional pocket billiards player
  • Byron Fulcher (b. 1970), Cornish Principal Trombone with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Professor of Trombone at the Royal College of Music
  • Louis Auguste Fulcher de Monistrol, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 9th November 2011). Retrieved from
  6. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 5) Louis Fulcher. Retrieved from on Facebook