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Bolen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Belgium, German, Irish


In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Bolen was written O Beollain, formed from a Norse personal name.

Early Origins of the Bolen family


The surname Bolen was first found in counties Clare and Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat.

Early History of the Bolen family


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Another 461 words (33 lines of text) covering the year 1014 is included under the topic Early Bolen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bolen Spelling Variations


One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Bolen were found in the many archives researched. These included Boland, Bolan, Boland, O'Boland, O'Bolan, Bolend, Bolen, Bolland, Bollan, Bollend, Bollen, Bowland, Bowlan, Bowlin, Boulland, Bollander, Bolander, Bollinder, Bolinder, Bollendar, Bolendar, Bollandar, Bowlander, Boulander, Bouland and many more.

Early Notables of the Bolen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bolen family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Bolen or one of its variants:

Bolen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Bolen, aged 37, who landed in New York in 1801 [1]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)
  • William Bolen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • John Bolen, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]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)

Bolen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Bolen, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • James Bolen, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Bolen (post 1700)


  • Brock Bolen (b. 1985), American football fullback
  • Stewart O'Neal Bolen (1902-1969), former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lin Bolen (b. 1941), American television executive, best known as the NBC Daytime Television Programming Vice President (1972 to 1978)
  • Jon Bolen, American professional wrestler and bodybuilder

Suggested Readings for the name Bolen


  • Ancestors of Joseph Bolen and Mary Rea by Todd Bolen.
  • Rhea County Relatives: a History of the Bolen, Fisher, Goad, Jewell, Knight, Purser, Ryan, and Spence Families by Virginia Knight Nelson.

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)

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