Fulfart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the name Fulfart date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Fulfart family lived in the area referred to as Fulford in Devon, Somerset, Staffordshire, and the East Riding of Yorkshire. These place names derive from the Old English terms "fu-l," meaning "dirty," or "muddy," and "ford," meaning "a ford," a shallow place where a river could be crossed.
Early Origins of the Fulfart family
The surname Fulfart was first found in Devon where the earliest on record was William de Fulford, who held the manor of Great Fulford, in county Devon, near Exeter, during the reign of King Richard I (1189-1199.) 
However, "there is every reason to believe that the ancestors of the venerable family have resided at Fulford from the time of the Conquest. Three knights of the house distinguished themselves in the wars of the Holy Land. " 
Indeed, the place name Fulford dates back to at least the Domesday Book where Fuleford spelling was listed in Yorkshire and Staffordshire at that time. The earliest listing for Somerset was found in 1327 as Fuleforde.
Early History of the Fulfart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fulfart research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1280, 1327, 1462, 1475, 1518, 1500, 1515, 1515, 1515, 1518, 1583, 1664 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Fulfart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fulfart Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Fulfart are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fulfart include: Fulford, Fullford, Fulforde, Fullforde and others.
Early Notables of the Fulfart family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Fulford, English Archdeacon of Barnstaple (1462 to 1475); John Fulford (died 1518), an English Archdeacon of Totnes (1500 to 1515), Archdeacon...
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Migration of the Fulfart family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fulfart or a variant listed above: Joe Fulford who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; John Fulford, who settled in New England in 1751; and William Fulforth, who settled in Philadelphia in 1844. Andrew Fulforde was the captain of ".
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