Boland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Boland family came to Scotland with the Normans in the 11th century. The Boland surname is derived from someone who lived in one of the numerous locations named Borland or Boreland in the counties of Dumfriesshire, Galloway, Fife, and Perthshire. The name of these places is thought to mean home-farm.

Early Origins of the Boland family

The surname Boland was first found in Surrey, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Boland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boland research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1625 is included under the topic Early Boland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boland Spelling Variations

There has been great variation in spelling of Scottish names over the centuries. Spelling variations of the name Boland include Boland, Borland, Bolan, Bolland, Bollin, Boreland and many more.

Early Notables of the Boland family (pre 1700)

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Boland migration to the United States

Settlers of this name who made their way from Scotland to North America include:

Boland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Boland, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [1]
Boland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Boland who arrived in New England in 1764
  • Pierre Boland, who landed in America in 1777 [1]
  • Enos Boland, who landed in America in 1782 [1]
Boland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Boland, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Fr Jos Boland, who arrived in America in 1814 [1]
  • Thomas Boland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [1]
  • Thomas Boland, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1844 [1]
  • Aaltje Boland, who arrived in America in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boland migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Boland was a fisherman in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1776 [2]
  • Sarah Boland, who settled in Ochre Pit Cove, Newfoundland in 1780 [2]
Boland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah Boland, who arrived in Quebec, Canada, in 1825
  • Patrick Boland, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • James Boland, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • John Boland settled at Northern Bay, Newfoundland in 1838 [2]
  • John Boland, who arrived in Quebec in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boland migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Boland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Boland, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]
  • Bridget Boland, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [4]
  • Bridget Boland, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [5]
  • Mary Boland, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Michael Boland, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Boland migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Bridget Boland, (b. 1854), aged 19, Irish tailoress from Limerick travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [6]
  • James Boland, aged 60, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Jane Boland, aged 50, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • John Boland, aged 20, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Maria Boland, aged 16, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Boland (post 1700)

  • John E. Boland (1937-2015), American politician and educator, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1971 until 1973
  • Raymond James Boland (1932-2014), Irish-born, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama (1988-1993) and Kansas City-St Joseph (1993-2005)
  • Bernie Boland (1892-1973), American baseball player
  • Mary Boland (1880-1965), American stage and film actress
  • Michael John "Mike" Boland (1954-2017), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played from 1974 to 1984
  • John Boland (1870-1958), English two time Olympic gold medalist for tennis in the 1896 games
  • François "Francy" Boland (1929-2005), Belgian jazz composer and pianist
  • Frederick Boland (1904-1985), first Irish ambassador to Britain and to the United Nations
  • Harry Boland (1887-1922), Irish nationalist politician

Historic Events for the Boland family

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Stephen John Boland (1968-1988), American Student from Nashua, New Hampshire, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [7]
SS Alcoa Puritan
  • R.B. Boland, American Fireman from Jacksonville, Florida, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [8]
  • C.P. Boland, American Oiler from Jacksonville, Florida, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1854.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)
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