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Where did the English Bullis family come from? What is the English Bullis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bullis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bullis family history?

The name Bullis is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as a bull herder or a keeper of cattle. The surname Bullis is a name for the bull-herd, and is derived from the Old English word Bulluc, which literally means bullherder.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bullis are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bullis include: Bullard, Buliard, Bolhard, Bulard, Bulward and others.

First found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bullis research. Another 393 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1273, 1275, 1500, 1524, 1672, and 1806 are included under the topic Early Bullis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bullis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bullis or a variant listed above:

Bullis Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Bullis, who arrived in America in 1782

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  • John Lapham Bullis (1841-1911), much-decorated American soldier and later an entrepreneur
  • Harry Amos Bullis (1890-1963), American business executive, President and Chairman of General Mills
  • Robert Bullis (b. 1952), American professional football player
  • Clayton George Bullis, former Canadian diplomat


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  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Bullis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bullis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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