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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.

Bolden Early Origins



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.

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Bolden Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bolden Early History


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Bolden Early History



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.

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Bolden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bolden Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bolden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bolden In Ireland


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Bolden In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bolden (post 1700)


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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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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    The Bolden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bolden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 February 2015 at 06:20.

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