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

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.


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.

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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fulcher research. Another 335 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1273, 1284, 1272, 1307, 1379, 1737, 1803, 1795, 1855, 1830, 1893, 1617 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Fulcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fulcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Fulcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Fulcher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Fulcher, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Fulcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Fulcher, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila

Fulcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patience Fulcher, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875


  • Byron Fulcher (b. 1970), Principal Trombone with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Professor of Trombone at the Royal College of Music
  • Jonathan Fulcher (b. 1974), top-ranked Swiss professional contender in a variety of pocket billiard disciplines
  • Louis Auguste Fulcher de Monistrol, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815


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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

The Fulcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fulcher 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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