Meaning and Origin of: Fuller

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : One who works with cloth

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : occupational name for a dresser of cloth, Old Englishfullere (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 Tuckerand Walker.
  • In a few cases the name may be of German origin with the same form and meaning as 1 (from Latinfullare).
  • Americanized version of FrenchFournier.
  • Samuel Fuller (1589–1633), born in Redenhall, Norfolk, England, was among the Pilgrim Fathers who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. He was a deacon of the church and until his death functioned as Plymouth Colony’s physician.