Fulfer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Fulfer is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Fulfer family once 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 Fulfer family
The surname Fulfer 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 Fulfer family
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Fulfer Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fulfer family name include Fulford, Fullford, Fulforde, Fullforde and others.
Early Notables of the Fulfer 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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Fulfer migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fulfer surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Fulfer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Anna Fulfer, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Fulfer (post 1700) +
- Brenda Fulfer, American actress, known for It's a Trip Presents: The Not So Great Sasquatch Hunt (2009)
- Alan Fulfer, American actor, known for Wanda the Wonderful (2014)
- Dennis Fulfer, American politician, Town Clerk of Mountainair, New Mexico
Related Stories +
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.