Fullam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Fullam family
The surname Fullam was first found in Middlesex at Fulham, a parish, in the union of Kensington, Kensington division of the hundred of Ossulstone. "Fulham is a spot of considerable antiquity: the Danes, on their invasion of England, fixed their head-quarters here, in 879; and, after wintering in the place, set sail for Flanders in the spring." 
This ancient Saxon parish was first listed as Fulanham (c. 705) and then later as Fuleham in the Domesday Book of 1086.  Literally the place name means "land in a river-bend of a man called Fulla" from the Old English personal name + "hamm." 
Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Fulham, held by Fulcred who held the lands from the Bishop of London and who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Important Dates for the Fullam family
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Fullam Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Fullem, Fullam, Fulham and others.
Early Notables of the Fullam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fullam family to Ireland
Some of the Fullam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Fullam migration to the United States
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Fullam or a variant listed above:
Fullam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Francis Fullam, who settled in New England in 1684
Fullam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ann Fullam, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 
- James Fullam, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 
- Luke Fullam, who naturalized in Georgia in 1831
Fullam migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Fullam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Margaret Fullam, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
- Mary Fullam, aged 19, a dairymaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
Contemporary Notables of the name Fullam (post 1700)
- John Patrick Fullam (1921-2018), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1966-1990)
- Everett Leslie "Terry" Fullam (1930-2014), American priest, biblical scholar, and teacher
- William Fullam (1855-1926), American Admiral, eponym of the USS Fullam, a Fletcher-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II
- Johnny Fullam (1940-2015), Irish footballer who played from 1958 to 1980 including for the Republic of Ireland National Team (1960-1969)
- Bob Fullam, one of the best-known Irish footballers
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)