Fulford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Fulford family

The surname Fulford 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.) [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.

Early History of the Fulford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fulford 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 Fulford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fulford Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Fulford 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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United States Fulford migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Humphry Fulford, who landed in Maryland in 1640 [2]
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, who landed in Texas in 1871 [2]

Canada Fulford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Fulford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fulford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Fulford, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died 1880 [4]
  • Miss Margaret Fulford, (Tulford), English Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Atwick" on 28 September 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • G. Fulford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849 [6]

New Zealand Fulford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fulford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Fulford, aged 44, a brickmaker, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Ann Fulford, aged 44, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • John Fulford, aged 25, a brickmaker, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Fanny Fulford, aged 26, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Fanny E. Fulford, aged 4, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fulford (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Francis Fulford (1803-1868), Canadian (English born), Anglican prelate, the first bishop of Montreal, Canada (1850-1868) [7]
  • 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)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 23rd August 2020, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atwick)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CHEAPSIDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cheapside.htm
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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