- Recorded in several forms including Fullagar and Fullegar, as well as Foulger, Foker, Volker and others, this is an English and German surname. It is derived from the Olde German pre 7th century 'Fulchar or Fulcher' translating as 'people-army' or the derivative French 'Folchere' introduced after the 1066 Norman Invasion, this personal name developed a riot of surnames. The name (as a personal name first appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, and later surname developments include Fulcher (1182, Suffolk), Fulker (1212 Warwick), Foucher (1242 Essex), Fougar (1327 Worcester), Fowcher (1524 Suffolk). Other recording showing the surname development include Robert Folgar, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Suffolk in 1327, and Eustace Fullager at St Brides church, Fleet Street, on December 4th 1651, during the reign of Oliver Cromwell. Other spellings include Foulger, Foker, Foucar, Fulcher, Futchere, and Fudger. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Roger Fulchier. This was dated 1167 in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Hampshire during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England 1154 -1189 Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Surnames reference. 2013.