The Fullers family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a person who worked as a fuller. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
During medieval times the work of the fuller was to wash yardage, by scouring and thickening the cloth for the purpose of pre-shrinking. The fuller would do this by beating and trampling the raw cloth while it was soaking in the water.
Early Origins of the Fullers family
The surname Fullers was first found in The Assize Rolls of Yorkshire
, where Roger Fuler was listed there in 1219. As an occupational
name, widespread listings in various counties and shires are to be expected. From this first listing, we found Reginald fullere in Suffolk
in 1221, William le Fulur in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire
in 1221 and Simon le Voller in Oxfordshire
in 1316. The author notes that the name was chiefly found in "southern and eastern England
and that the French form 'fuller' occurs in the whole of England." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Gilbert le Fuller in Hertfordshire and Ambrose le Fullur in Shropshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Years later and much further to the north in Scotland, Andrew Fullo was a tenant in Mikilbrekauch, and John Fullo was a tenant in Balgirdane, 1376. Thomas Fullo was burgees of Edinburgh in 1386. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
The famed Alfred Carl Fuller (1885-1973), the original "Fuller Brush Man," was born in Welsford, Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada and moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1903 at the age of 18. Three years later he started the Fuller Brush Company in Hartford, Connecticut.
Early History of the Fullers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fullers research.Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1376, 1386, 1580, 1633, 1580, 1659, 1640, 1606, 1672, 1608, 1675, 1660, 1663, 1667, 1608, 1661, 1635, 1700, 1637, 1701, 1654, 1734, 1583 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Fullers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fullers Spelling Variations
Fullers has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Fullers have been found, including Fuller, Fullere, Fullar, Fullo and others.
Early Notables of the Fullers family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Samuel Fuller (baptized 1580-1633), an English doctor and church deacon from Norfolk
who sailed about the Mayflower to colonize North America; William Fuller (c.
1580-1659), dean of Ely and later dean of Durham
, during the early 1640s he got into serious trouble with... Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fullers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fullers family to Ireland
Some of the Fullers family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Fullers family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fullerss to arrive on North American shores:
Fullers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Gaspar Fullers, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1877 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)