The name Fulkard was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Fulcher.
It is composed of the elements folk,
which means people,
which means army.
Early Origins of the Fulkard family
The surname Fulkard was first found in Lincolnshire
where they were granted lands about the time of William the Conqueror. Historically, the Fulchers were known as the Champions of Burgundy and records were found of the name spelt Fulchere in Normandy
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)
The name could have also been derived from the Ango-Saxon word "folgere", in other words a follower, an attendant, a free-man who did not have a house of his own. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Fulkard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fulkard research.Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1273, 1284, 1272, 1307, 1379, 1737, 1803, 1795, 1855, 1830, 1893, 1617 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Fulkard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fulkard Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Fulcher, Fulger, Fulker, Fucher, Fullager, Folker, Foucar, Foulger, Futcher, Folger, Fugler, Fuche, Fuge, Fuidge, Fudge, Foutch and many more.
Early Notables of the Fulkard family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter Fulcher of Lincolnshire
, Thomas Fulcher (1737-1803), a British architect, George Williams Fulcher (1795-1855), a well-known poet, and John... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fulkard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fulkard family to Ireland
Some of the Fulkard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fulkard family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Fulkard or a variant listed above were: John Folger, who settled in Massachusetts in 1630; John Fulcher, who purchased land in Virginia in 1652; William Fulcher, who came to Maryland in 1669.