Bolar is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bolar family lived in Lancashire
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former residence in Boulard,
in Calvados, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bolar family
The surname Bolar was first found in Lancashire
. They were originally from Boulard in Calvados, Normandy
, and arrived in England
with Duke William of Normandy
at the time of the Norman Conquest
in 1066. One of the first records of the name was Baldwin de Boulers, who came to England
in 1105 and was granted the Lordship of Montgomery, Powys
by marriage to Sybil de Falaise. Hen Domen, (Welsh: "old mound") , a medieval timber motte-and-bailey castle in Powys
was the home of the de Boulers (Bowdler) family and was founded by Baldwin de Boulers. Today, a permanent exhibition can be found on the site.
Early History of the Bolar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolar research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1459, 1437, 1450, 1450, 1453, 1453 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Bolar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bolar Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bowler, Boler, Boaler and others.
Early Notables of the Bolar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bolar family to Ireland
Some of the Bolar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bolar family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bolar or a variant listed above: Charles Bowler who settled in Georgia in 1733; Deborah Bowler settled in Nevis in 1663; along with her husband John; William Bowler settled in Virginia in 1635.