Fulwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Fulwood family
The surname Fulwood was first found in Lancashire at Fulwood, "for many generations the seat of the family."  However, another source claims that the family is from Fulwood, "an ecclesiastical district in the parish of Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire This seems to have been the habitat of the family." 
And another source claims that family is from the West Riding of Yorkshire were Adam de Foulewode was first listed in 1326. 
Indeed, this latter source may point us in the correct direction as the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include: Hugo de Folewode, taylour; Ricardus de Folewod; and Hugo de Fulewode as all holding lands there at that time. 
In an attempt to clear up the confusion, we explored the origin of the place name Fulwood. It is derived from the Old English words "ful" + "wudu." The oldest place was in Lancashire where it was recorded as Fulede in 1199, followed by Folewode, Nottinghamshire in the 13 century. 
Early History of the Fulwood family
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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)
Distinguished members of the family include Christopher Fulwood (1590?-1643), English Royalist, probably born in London about 1590, the eldest son of Sir George Fulwood, Lord of the Manor of Middleton by Youlgrave, Derbyshire...
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
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Fulwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Fulwood Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century