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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.


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]

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.


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


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


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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. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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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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