The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Boale come from its first bearer, who was a person of strong character or who was physically strong and big.
Early Origins of the Boale family
The surname Boale was first found in Somerset
, where John le Bole was one of the first listings of the name found in 1284. CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: William le Bole in Cambridgeshire; Geoffrey Bolle in Staffordshire; Ralph le Bule in Oxfordshire; and Robert le Bule in Somerset
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Willelmus Bulle; and Elena Bull. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) Wulfin Bule was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire in 1170, Hulle le Bule was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset in 1201, William le Bole was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Surrey in 1214 and Ralph le Bulle was listed in Northumberland in 1288. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The name reached as far north as Scotland where the name Bull was evident from 1296 when William Bull of Ayrshire rendered homage, to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Boale family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boale research.Another 485 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1852, 1275, 1200, 1376, 1552, 1628, 1605, 1684, 1636, 1610, 1694, 1685, 1686, 1690, 1630, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1679, 1689, 1689 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Boale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boale Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Boale has been spelled many different ways, including Bull, Bule, Bulls, Buyll, Bula and others.
Early Notables of the Boale family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Dr. John Bull (1552-1628) English composer, organist, virginalist, organ builder, and keyboard virtuoso, composer of "God Save the Queen"; Captain Thomas Bull (c.1605-1684), English settler to the Connecticut Colony in 1636, one of the founders of... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boale family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Boales to arrive in North America: Henry Bull, who emigrated from London to Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1635; Captain Thomas Bull, who arrived in Hartford, Connecticut in 1635; John Bull, who came to Virginia in 1650.