Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Bolden family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived on the lands of Bowden, in Roxburghshire
where the family held lands since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Bolden family
The surname Bolden was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were originally of Bodin in Normandy.
Early History of the Bolden family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolden research.Another 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Bolden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bolden Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Bolden has been recorded as Bowden, Bouden, Boulden, Bouldene, Bolden, Boldane, Boldan, Boden, Bodden and many more.
Early Notables of the Bolden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bolden family to Ireland
Some of the Bolden family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 95 words (7 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 Bolden family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Bolden name:
Bolden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francisco Domingo Bolden, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bolden (post 1700)
- Ryan Christopher Bolden (1991-2014), American professional baseball player, shot and killed when children began arguing over candy
- Eugene Thomas Bolden (1899-1991), American Olympic freestyle swimmer
- Edgar Bolden (1926-2007), American fighter aircraft pilot
- Edward "Ed" Bolden (1881-1950), American baseball executive and owner
- Juran T. Bolden (b. 1974), American-born, Canadian football cornerback
- Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bolden (1890-2006), American supercentenarian woman
- Charles "Buddy" Bolden (1877-1931), African American cornetist
- Charles Frank "Charlie" Bolden Jr. (b. 1946), Administrator of NASA, a retired United States Marine Corps major general, and former NASA astronaut
- Staff Sergeant Paul Luther Bolden (1922-1979), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944