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Where did the English Fulford family come from? What is the English Fulford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fulford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fulford family history?

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.

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  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Fulford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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