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Early Origins of the Fulmer family

The surname Fulmer was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. 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 at Thetford in the 14th century. Thomas de Fulmer held a family seat in Essex in 1239. Fulmer is a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire. The village dates back to 1198 when it was listed as Fugelmere.

Early History of the Fulmer family

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Fulmer 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 Fulmer family name include Fulmer, Fulmerston, Fullmerston, Fullmaston, Fulmeston, Fullmeston, Fulmaston, Fulmerton and many more.

Early Notables of the Fulmer family (pre 1700)

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Fulmer Ranking

In the United States, the name Fulmer is the 3,532nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Fulmer 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 Fulmer surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Fulmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Fulmer, who landed in New York in 1755 [2]
  • Elizabeth Fulmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1793 [2]
Fulmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Fulmer, who landed in Maryland in 1803 [2]
  • Francis Fulmer, who arrived in New York in 1831 [2]
  • Peter Fulmer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [2]
  • Joseph Fulmer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [2]

Canada Fulmer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fulmer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Fulmer, aged 20, a gentleman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England

Contemporary Notables of the name Fulmer (post 1700) +

  • Washington Fayette Fulmer (1840-1907), American professional baseball player
  • Christopher Fulmer (1858-1931), American Major League Baseball player
  • David Fulmer (b. 1950), American writer, journalist and filmmaker
  • Charles John "Chick" Fulmer (1851-1940), American Major League Baseball player
  • Raymond "Ray" Stover Fulmer (b. 1933), American actor, best known for his role in the TV comedy Hazel (1965 to 1966)
  • Hampton Pitts Fulmer (1875-1944), American politician of the Democratic Party
  • Phillip Fulmer (b. 1950), American TV college football analyst, former head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers football team
  • Hampton Pitts Fulmer (1875-1944), American Democratic Party politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1917-20; U.S. Representative from South Carolina, 1921-44 [3]
  • F. Roy Fulmer, American politician, Mayor of Santa Cruz, California, 1943-47 [3]
  • Eugene M. Fulmer, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Centre County; Elected 1960 [3]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Fulmer +

  • Colonial Ancestors of the Fulmers of South Carolina and the Folmars of Alabama by L.W. Folmar.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook