Bollar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Bollar. It was a name given to someone who was a person who worked as a bull herder or a keeper of cattle. The surname Bollar is a name for the bull-herd, and is derived from the Old English word Bulluc, which literally means bullherder. [1]

Another source notes a similar origin of the name: "bull-ward-either the man who presided over the sport of bull-baiting, or the one who had the care of the 'townbull.' " [2]

Early Origins of the Bollar family

The surname Bollar was first found in Wiltshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Geoffrey Bolhard as one of the first listings of the family. The same source listed Fulco Bulard as holding lands at that time in Kent. [3]

Early History of the Bollar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bollar research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1273, 1275, 1500, 1524, 1672, 1672, 1806 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Bollar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bollar Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bollar have been found, including Bullard, Buliard, Bolhard, Bulard, Bulward and others.

Early Notables of the Bollar family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bollar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bollar family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Bollar, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Robert Bullard who arrived in New England in 1634 and Henry Bullard who sailed to Virginia in 1636. Major-General Robert Lee Bullard, who was born at Youngsboro in Alabama in 1861.



  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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