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Fuller Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a dresser of cloth, Old English fullere (from Latin fullo, with the addition of the English agent suffix). The Middle English successor of this word had also been reinforced by Old French fouleor, foleur, of similar origin. The work of the fuller was to scour and thicken the raw cloth by beating and trampling it in water. This surname is found mostly in southeast England and East Anglia. See also Tucker and Walker. In a few cases the name may be of German origin with the same form and meaning as 1 (from Latin fullare). Americanized version of French Fournier.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Buller, Huller, Puller, Feller, Fullen, Filer, Faller, Filler, Cutler

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Where is the Fuller family from?

You can see how Fuller families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fuller family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fuller families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 731 Fuller families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Fuller's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Fuller families in 1840.
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What did your Fuller ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fuller. 16% of Fuller men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Fuller women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fuller were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 57,000 immigration records available for the last name Fuller. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 131,000 military records available for the last name Fuller. For the veterans among your Fuller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fuller lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Fuller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Fuller in 1941 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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