Show ContentsBolding History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Bolding begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name Bealding, which was originally derived from the name Beald. The name was not recorded before the Conquest. [1]

Early Origins of the Bolding family

The surname Bolding was first found in Lincolnshire, where Joscius filius Balding was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls during the reign of Richard I. Gilbertus filius Balding was also found in Lincolnshire as recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls form 1212. Alice and John Baldyng were found in the Subsidy Rolls from Sussex in 1327, as was Robert Beldyng in 1332. [1]

As far as understanding spelling variations is concerned, we found this interesting entry: "In 1674, Suffolk Anthony Baldin and Bartholomew Baldinge occur side by side with Baldwin, so that Balding is sometimes a late development of Baldwin." [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: William Bolding, Salop (Shropshire.) [2] And in Norfolk, John Bolden was listed there 2 Edward VI (during the second year of the reign of Edward IV). [3]

Early History of the Bolding family

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Bolding Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bolding has been recorded under many different variations, including Balding, Baulding, Baldyne, Bolding, Baldyng, Beldyng, Baldinge, Baldin, Poldin and many more.

Early Notables of the Bolding family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Gilebertus filius Baalding, a prominent 13th century landholder in Lincolnshire. Noel Baulduin or Baudouin, was a native of the Netherlands, contemporary with Josquin des Prés, and from 1513 to 1518 chapel-master of the church of Notre Dame at Antwerp, where he died in 1529. Two of his motets were...
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Bolding Ranking

In the United States, the name Bolding is the 6,505th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

United States Bolding migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bolding or a variant listed above:

Bolding Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Bolding, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bolding (post 1700) +

  • Reginald Bolding, American politician Member of the Arizona House of Representatives (2015-)
  • Buddy Bolding, American former coach of the Longwood Lancers baseball team (1978-2013)
  • James Doyle "Jim" Bolding (1949-2011), American track and field athlete, Men's 400 m Hurdles Best Year Performance (1974-1975)
  • Justis Bolding (b. 1983), American actress, known for her role as Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live (2007–2009)
  • Hayley Bolding, Australian entrepreneur, co-founder of Atma, awarded Young Australian of the Year in 2013

The Bolding Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sto Ro Veritate
Motto Translation: I stand for the truth.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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) on Facebook