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

Bolen Early Origins



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.

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Bolen Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bolen Early History


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Bolen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolen research. 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.

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Bolen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bolen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bolen Notables 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



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 Ameri ca. 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, landed in New York in 1801
  • William Bolen arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • John Bolen, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1872

Bolen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bolen (post 1700)


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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

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Suggested Readings for the name Bolen


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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Bolen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bolen 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 13 December 2013 at 07:59.

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