This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from Fulwick's Copse in Lurgashall, Sussex. The component elements of the placename are either the Olde English pre 7th Century "fugol", wild bird, fowl, or the Olde English "ful", foul, dirty, with "wic", an early loan word from the Latin "vicus", translating variously as "dwelling-place, village, hamlet, farm, especially a dairy-farm". "Fugol" (above) orms the initial element of Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, recorded as "Fugelburn" in the 1190 Pipe Rolls of that county, and "ful" is the first element of placenames especially in combination with words for brook, ford, wood, and farm. Such places include Fulford in Devonshire, and Fulwell (Durham). Locational surnames were originally given to local landowners, and the lord of the manor, and especially as a means of identification to those who left their birthplace to settle elsewhere. Regional and dialectal differences subsequently gave rise to several variations on the original spelling which, in the modern idiom, is found as Fullick, Fullicks and Follick. On December 3rd 1559, William Fullicke, an infant, was christened at Lurgashall, Sussex, and on February 4th 1712, the christening of George, son of Joseph Fullicks, took place at Union St. Chapel, Ship Street, Brighton. 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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