Show ContentsFulkerson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Fulkerson is derived from the Gaelic MacFhearchair, which means 'son of Farquhar'. Farquhar is derived from the Gaelic word Fearchar, which means 'very dear one'. So, the name means 'son of the very dear one'.

Early Origins of the Fulkerson family

The surname Fulkerson was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. They claim descent from Farquhar Mackintosh who arrived in Braemar in 1382. The Clan was one of the principal members of the Clan Chattan (the Clan of the Cat), a powerful 26 Clan confederation. Accordingly, they rank as a sept of the Clan Chattan. Their alliance with the MacKintoshes was particularly strong and this proved quite advantageous, as the MacKintoshes were the captains of the Clan.

Early History of the Fulkerson family

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Fulkerson Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Fulkerson has been spelled Farquharson, Farqharson, Farquharsen, MacFhearchair (Gaelic), Caraher and many more.

Early Notables of the Fulkerson family (pre 1700)

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Fulkerson Ranking

In the United States, the name Fulkerson is the 4,875th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Fulkerson family to Ireland

Some of the Fulkerson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Fulkerson migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Fulkerson:

Fulkerson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • W. J. Fulkerson, aged 36, who arrived in America in 1906
  • Frank B. Fulkerson, aged 40, who arrived in America in 1907
  • Mary Fulkerson, aged 46, who arrived at Brooklyn, New York, in 1916
  • Golda Gertrude Fulkerson, aged 34, who arrived in America in 1919
  • Ekmer Chittenden Fulkerson, aged 35, who arrived in America in 1919
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fulkerson (post 1700) +

  • Aaron Roe Fulkerson, American information technology businessman and founder of MindTouch
  • Delbert Ray "D.R." Fulkerson (1924-1976), American mathematician who co-developed the Ford-Fulkerson algorithm, eponym of the Fulkerson Prize
  • Frank Ballard Fulkerson (1866-1936), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri (1905-1907)
  • James Fulkerson (b. 1945), American composer
  • Abram Fulkerson (1834-1902), Confederate officer during the American Civil War, and a Virginia lawyer and politician

The Fulkerson Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.

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