Origin of the Name Fuller
The origin of the name Fuller
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Fuller is an occupational name from a person who worked as a fuller whose job it was to scour and thicken raw cloth by beating and trampling it in water. The surname is found mostly in South-East England and East Anglia. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Gilbert le Fuller, Hertfordshire, and an Ambrose le Fullur, Salop, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. An Andrew Fullo was recorded as a tenant in Mikilbrekauch, Scotland , in the year 1376. A Thomas Fullo was Burgess in Edinburgh in the year 1386.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Fuller has also been associated with County Kerry since the sixteenth century and is recorded as an anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac an Ucaire sept (meaning 'son of the fuller'), that was located in County Down.
The Fuller coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Fuller descendants.