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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

The Anglo-Saxon name Fulford comes from when the family resided 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.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fulford include Fulford, Fullford, Fulforde, Fullforde and others.

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.) [1] 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. " [1] 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fulford research. Another 285 words (20 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 Fulford History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fulford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Fulford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe Fulford who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Jo Fulford, aged 18, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Humphry Fulford, who landed in Maryland in 1640

Fulford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Fulford, who settled in New England in 1751

Fulford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas C Fulford, aged 25, landed in Texas in 1871

Fulford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Fulford, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Dorcas Fulford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • George Fulford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Fulford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Abel Fulford U.E. (b. 1774) born in New Ashford, Windham County, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Eastern District, Cornwall, Ontario c. 1784 he died in 1822 in Leeds & Grenville, Ontario, married twice having 9 children

Fulford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • G. Fulford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849

Fulford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Fulford, aged 44, a brickmaker, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Ann Fulford, aged 44, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • John Fulford, aged 25, a brickmaker, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Fanny Fulford, aged 26, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Fanny E. Fulford, aged 4, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875


  • Tommy Fulford (d. 1956), American jazz musician
  • Michael Gordon Fulford CBE, FBA, (b. 1948), English Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading
  • Sir Roger Thomas Baldwin Fulford CVO (1902-1983), English journalist, historian, writer and politician
  • Carlton W. Fulford Jr. (b. 1944), retired United States Marine Corps four-star general, former Deputy Commander in Chief, United States European Command (2000 to 2002)
  • Leonard Alfred Fulford (1928-2011), British commercial photographer and director
  • Henry English "H.E." Fulford (1859-1929), British diplomat, Consul General in Hankou (1911), acting Consul General in Shanghai (1913), and Consul General in Tianjin (1912-1917)
  • Christopher Fulford (b. 1955), British actor who often appears in British crime dramas
  • Robert Marshall Blount Fulford OC (b. 1932), Canadian author, journalist, broadcaster, and editor
  • George Taylor Fulford (1852-1905), Canadian businessman and politician, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Leeds (1934-1937)
  • Sir Adrian Bruce Fulford (b. 1953), British judge, member of the International Criminal Court in The Hague from 2003 to 2012



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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. 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).
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. 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).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Fulford Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Fulford 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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