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In Fulton Sheen's autobiography, Treasure in Clay, the author notes "Fulton" in Gaelic means "war".
The name FULTON does not have anything to do with fowlers town. You are thinking of another Scottish surname, Fullerton, which is derived from Fowlers Town.
FULTON is derived from two Old English (Anglo Saxon) words:
FUL meaning a dirty or muddy place, and TUN meaning an inhabited place. The word TON is often part of English place names.
The surname FULTON would seem to have been adopted by a family who lived in a marshy area.
The earliest reference I have been able to find is of a family with three brothers who appeared on The Ragmans Roll. The family held a feudum in Renfrewshire, between Bridge of Weir and Linwood, from The Abbot and Monks of Paisley Abbey.
The surname also appears in Ayrshire, and is often associated with Beith. The Fulton family became landholders in Ayrshire. They may or may not have been connected with the Renfrewshire family.
Fulton is now a common name in Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and the west of Scotland generally.
Fulton is not Anglo Saxon- where do you get this stuff? It is a name from the Norse. Fulton's were in Ireland and the west of Scotland in the sixth century, they had settled around Dublin then came over to the west coast of Scotland. The Normans, if you look into history, that came over to Briton in 1066 were actually Vikings who had settled in France. That's why it's called Normandy, which translated as Norse men land and the name was first recorded in Roxburghshire in the twelfth century and was common in Ayrshire and around the lands in Paisley. Where I grew up there is East and West Fulton and Fulton woods. Fulton translates into English as Fowl Farm, it is not Gaelic for war. Fulton in Arran and the west coast is from the Clan McCloy.
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