Fullford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the name Fullford date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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.
Early Origins of the Fullford family
The surname Fullford was 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.) 
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. " 
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.
Early History of the Fullford family
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Fullford Spelling Variations
Fullford 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 Fullford have been found, including Fulford, Fullford, Fulforde, Fullforde and others.
Early Notables of the Fullford family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Fulford, English Archdeacon of Barnstaple (1462 to 1475); John Fulford (died 1518), an English Archdeacon of Totnes (1500 to 1515), Archdeacon...
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Fullford migration to the United States +
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 Fullfords to arrive on North American shores:
Fullford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Humphrey Fullford, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 
Fullford migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Fullford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Fullford, aged 29, a bricklayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- Mary ANn Fullford, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- William Fullford, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- Arthur Fullford, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- Sarah Fullford, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
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Related Stories +
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ 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)