Fulwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fulwood family

The surname Fulwood was first found in Warwickshire 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 in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Fulwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fulwood research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1100, 1167, 1563, 1455, 1487 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Fulwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fulwood Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Fulwood has appeared include Fullwood, Fullward, Fulwood, Fulward, Filwood, Folward, Folwood, Foulwood, Filward, Fillward and many more.

Early Notables of the Fulwood family (pre 1700)

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Fulwood migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fulwood arrived in North America very early:

Fulwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Fulwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
Fulwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Fulwood, who landed in Barbados in 1701 [1]
  • Samuel Fulwood, who settled in Barbados in 1701

Fulwood migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fulwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Fulwood, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fulwood (post 1700)

  • Robert Fulwood Ligon (1823-1901), fourth Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
  • Robert Fulwood Ligon Jr. (b. 1864), American Democrat politician, Mayor, Tuskegee, Alabama, 1886-88; Adjutant General of Alabama, 1896-99; Clerk of Alabama Supreme Court, 1899-1916 [3]
  • Robert Fulwood Ligon (1823-1901), American Democrat politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1849; Member of Alabama State Senate, 1861; Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, 1874-76 [3]


  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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