This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from Fulwick's Copse in Lurgashall, West Sussex. The name derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "ful" meaning "foul" or "dirty", plus "wic", an early loan-word from the Latin "vicus", translating as a "dwelling place", or "a (dairy) farm". The prefix "ful" was frequently attached to "brook, wood" or "farm", possibly because pigs were bred and reared in these areas. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. The surname from this source is first recorded towards the end of the 13th Century (see below). In the modern idiom, the name has six spelling variations: Fullick, Fullicks, Fulluck, Fullywick, Fellick and Follick. Recordings of the surname from London Church Registers include: the marriage of George Fullick and Susanna Craig on January 30th 1742, at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, and the marriage of Susannah Fullick and John Mulcaster on August 16th 1766, at St. James', Westminster. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Adam de Fullewyk, which was dated 1296, in the "Pipe Rolls of Sussex", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. 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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