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Where did the English Fulton family come from? What is the English Fulton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fulton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fulton family history?

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Although the name, Fulton, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Fulton, Ffulton, Fullton and others.

First found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fulton research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1296, and 1506 are included under the topic Early Fulton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fulton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fulton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Fulton family name Fulton, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Fulton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Gowen Fulton, who landed in New England in 1730
  • Philip Fulton, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1760
  • John Fulton, who landed in America in 1795
  • Andrew Fulton, who arrived in Kentucky in 1797

Fulton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Fulton, who arrived in Maryland in 1803
  • Alexr Fulton, aged 34, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Nancy Fulton, aged 31, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Thos Fulton, who landed in America in 1805
  • Jas Fulton, who landed in America in 1805


Fulton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Capt. James Fulton U.E., "Fullton" (b. 1759) born in Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA from Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Governor Wentworth's Volunteers from 1777 -1781 then King's American Dragoons from 1781 - 1783 he die din 1829, married to Mary 1783 they had 4 children
  • Mr. Robert Fulton U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association

Fulton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ann Fulton, aged 14, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Ann Fulton, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Mary Fulton, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Ann Fulton, aged 18, a spinster, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Mary Fulton, aged 26, a spinster, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834


Fulton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Fulton, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Fulton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Sarah Fulton, aged 24, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Samuel Fulton, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Fulton, aged 42, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Ellen J. Fulton, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • John Fulton, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874


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  • Robert Fulton (1765-1815), American engineer and artist; while he did not invent the steamboat, he did design and build the first commercially successful one
  • Alexander Fulton, American, the founder of the Iowa State Agricultural Society
  • Charles Britton Fulton (1910-1996), American lawyer and United States federal judge
  • William Edgar Fulton (b. 1939), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2010
  • Brigadier-General Walter Scott Fulton (1879-1959), American Commanding General, Fort Benning, Georgia (1942-1944)
  • David Paul Fulton (b. 1971), former English cricketer
  • Edmund Davie Fulton PC OC QC (1916-2000), Canadian Rhodes Scholar, politician and judge on the British Columbia Supreme Court
  • Peter Fulton (b. 1979), New Zealand cricketer
  • Richard Fulton (b. 1927), Tennessee politician
  • Liam Mark Fulton (b. 1984), Australian professional rugby league player

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  • Fulton Genealogy, 1751-1986: Robert Fulton of Ireland; Boston, Massachusetts; Londonderry, New Hampshire; and Upper Canada, with His American and Canadian Descendants by Ruth Coan Fulton.
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The Fulton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fulton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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