Last name: Fulton
This name is of Scottish locational origin from an old village of the name in the parish of Bedrule, Roxburghshire, so called from the old English pre 7th Century "fugol", bird, plus "tun", an enclosure or settlement. The surname first appears on record in the mid 13th Century, (see below). In 1272 a quitclaim of the land of Fulton was witnesses by one Thomas de Fulton, and in 1273 a grant by Malcolm, earl of Levenax to Paisley, was witnesses by an Alan de Foulton. Henry de Foultone of Lanarkshire rendered homage to Edward 1 of England in 1296 and Thomas de Fougheltone of Lanarkshire rendered homage in that year also. 16th Century records show that one, Robert Foultoun possessed a tenement in Irvine in 1506, and John Fultoune possessed one in Glasgow in 1554. An interesting namebearer was Robert Fulton (1765 - 1815), of Ulster Scottish descent who was the first to successfully apply steam to navigation in the United States. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas de Fulton, witness to a donation, which was dated circa 1260 - "Register of the monastery of Paisley", during the reign of King Alexander 111 of Scotland, 1249 - 1286. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Its nice to see people that i share this great last name with. i have no idea about my family but i would love to find out more.
Are there any Fulton's who served as a British officers, raised from the ranks or bought commission's? that'd be great to find out. I'm not to educated in the geography of Scotland, but a fulton that served in the 92nd or any highlander regiment would be an interesting find.
I am in possession of documents tracing the decendants of Archibald Fulton born in Ayr., Scotland circa 1670 through my direct US decendant James Fulton born in Scotland in 1753 and immigrating to the Americas arriving in July 1774 to meet his brother who was already here in Bedford County PA. threw current day. It's really amazing to read about all they endured through the revolutionary war, 1812 war, civil war and such.
ROBERT A. FULTON
Well i have always knew that the Fulton name was a great name . My Fulton family came from Pittsburgh but know we live in Delaware.I thought the name was from Germany.I am 46 and love my name.Well i am Scottish decent good .
Hi there my great great grandmother's maiden name was Sarah Jane Fulton, She married John White and lived in NewtownStewart County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Sarah and John had 5 children that i can find, Sarah originally came from Scotland and the family was involved in the linen trade. I am seeking any information which may help me to further trace my ancestors. I am from Australia, four of Sarah's children emigrated to New York state USA in the mid 1800's and 1 to Melbourne Australia.
Robert Fulton was my great great great grandfather. :) The Robert Fulton name has been carried down to my dad, who is Clifford Robert Fulton. I always thought it was a German Surname but it's so awesome to learn I'm Scottish!
Dale Slocock, born Fulton
See my previous post below........ I have traced my grandmother, Elizabeth Mitchell Fulton, born in Paisley in 1893. She was a nurse at a hospital in Grays, Essex when my father was born in 1916 - don't know which hospital. My father was John Thomas Stillwell Fulton and his birth was registered in Orsett. Elizabeth married James Fraser in 1922, marriage registered in Wandsworth. There is no fathers name on my Dad's birth certificate and the name for father on his Baptism certificate is David Fulton. This name puzzles me but I do also believe Dad was illegitimate so could be a David ? Does anyone have the name Elizabeth Mitchell Fulton, born 1893, Paisley, in their ancestry. She is the person I would like to trace.