The Fullward surname is a habitational name derived either of the places named Fulwood in Nottinghamshire
. These place names come in turn from the Old English words "ful," meaning "dirty," or "muddy," and "wudu," meaning "a wood."
Early Origins of the Fullward family
The surname Fullward was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor in the West Riding. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1326 when Adam de Foulewode held estates.
Early History of the Fullward family
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Fullward Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Fullward are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Fullward include: Fulwood, Fullwood, Foulwood, Fullward, Fulward and others.
Early Notables of the Fullward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fullward family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fullward or a variant listed above: John Fulwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; George Fullwood, who settled in Barbados in 1635; John Fullwood, who came to New York in 1637; Samuel Fulwood, who settled in Barbados in 1701.