Fullwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Fullwood surname is a habitational name derived either of the places named Fulwood in Nottinghamshire and Lancashire. 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 Fullwood family

The surname Fullwood 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 Fullwood family

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Fullwood Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fullwood family name include Fulwood, Fullwood, Foulwood, Fullward, Fulward and others.

Early Notables of the Fullwood family (pre 1700)

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Fullwood migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fullwood surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Fullwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Fullwood, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • George Fullwood, aged 19, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • John Fullwood, who settled in New York in 1637
Fullwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Fullwood, who died en route to America in 1725

Contemporary Notables of the name Fullwood (post 1700)

  • Reggie Fullwood (b. 1975), American politician, Member of the Florida House of Representatives (2012-)
  • Brent Lanard Fullwood (b. 1963), American former NFL professional football player
  • Charles E. Fullwood, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, 1934-50 [2]
  • James Fullwood (1911-1981), English professional footballer from Ilkeston, England, active 1934 to 1939
  • Albert Henry Fullwood (1863-1930), English-born, Australian official war artist to the 5th Division in the First World War
  • Walter Fullwood (1907-1988), English cricketer who played for Derbyshire in 1946
  • George Fully Fullwood, Jamaican musician, one of the most popular and well-known bass players in the world who has worked and recorded with every major artist out of Jamaica
  • John Fullwood (b. 1883), British artist


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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