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Where did the English Boles family come from? What is the English Boles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boles family history?

The name Boles reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Boles family lived in Lincolnshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former residence in Bouelles, near Neufchatel, in Normandy.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Boles family name include Bowles, Bolles, Boles, Bowls, Boals and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they settled after the Norman Conquest. They were originally from Bouelles, near Neufchatel in Normandy where it was listed under the spellings Bowles or Buelles. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boles research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1662, 1619, 1663, 1661, 1663, 1669, 1714, 1690, 1702 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Boles History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 129 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Boles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Boles family to immigrate North America:

Boles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Euge Boles, who arrived in Virginia in 1637

Boles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bennet Boles settled in Newcastle in 1805
  • Jane Boles settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849

Boles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Boles, who landed in Wisconsin in 1910
  • William James Boles, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1910

Boles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Boles, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Catherine Boles, aged 40, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • George Boles, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Anne J. Boles, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • James Boles, aged 27, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873


  • Dennis Cole Boles (1895-1969), American film actor
  • John Boles (1888-1952), American sport shooter, Gold Medal winner at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • John Love Boles (1895-1969), American silent film actor and later in the talkies who appeared in 54 films
  • John Patrick Boles (b. 1930), American Roman Catholic titular bishop
  • Tony Boles (b. 1967), retired professional American NFL football running back and kick returner
  • Carl Theodore Boles (b. 1934), American former Major League Baseball outfielder for the San Francisco Giants in 1962
  • Ewing Thomas Boles (1895-1992), American investment banker and philanthropist, CEO and Chairman of the Ohio Company
  • General Billy Joe Boles (b. 1938), retired United States Air Force four-star general
  • Sir Jeremy John Fortescue Boles (b. 1932), 3rd Baronet Boles, Baron of Bishop's Lydeard, Somerset, English race car driver
  • John Boles Jr. (b. 1948), former manager in Major League Baseball



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  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Boles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boles 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.

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