The Fulward 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 Fulward family
The surname Fulward 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 Fulward family
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Fulward Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fulward has been recorded under many different variations, including Fulwood, Fullwood, Foulwood, Fullward, Fulward and others.
Early Notables of the Fulward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fulward family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fulward 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.