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The name Bolger has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Bolguidir, which likely meant yellow belly (from bolg odhar).

Bolger Early Origins



The surname Bolger was first found in Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and, even today, the name is only very rarely found outside the province of Leinster in Ireland.

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Bolger Spelling Variations


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Bolger Spelling Variations



Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Bolger include Bollger, Bulger, Boulger, O'Bolger, O'Bulger, Bolger, Bolgire, Bulgire, O'Bulgire, O'Bolgire and many more.

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Bolger Early History


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Bolger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolger research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1608, 1672, and 1679 are included under the topic Early Bolger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bolger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bolger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bolger 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



Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Bolger were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Bolger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Bolger who settled in Boston Massachusetts with his wife Cathy in 1804
  • Philip Bolger, who arrived in Mississippi in 1816
  • Thomas Bolger, his wife and five children who sailed on the "Ann Kenny" from County Waterford, Ireland and arrived in New York State, January 17th 1851
  • Edward, James, Patrick, and Stephen Bolger all arrived in Philadelphia between 1855 and 1865
  • Anastasia Bolger, aged 16, who settled in America from Rathdowney, in 1899

Bolger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Bolger, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Ireland, in 1902
  • Annie L. Bolger, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Rathanagar, Co. Wexford, in 1902
  • Aidan Bolger, aged 20, who landed in America from Ermiscorthy, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie Bolger, aged 23, who landed in America from Graigue, Ireland, in 1908
  • Bride Bolger, aged 23, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bolger Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Bride Bolger, aged 27, who settled in Torbay, Newfoundland, in 1920

Bolger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Bolger arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848
  • Johanna Bolger, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
  • Patrick Bolger, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

Bolger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Anne Bolger, aged 21, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bolger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bolger (post 1700)



  • William F. Bolger (1923-1989), 65th Postmaster General of the United States from 1978 to 1985
  • Ray Bolger (1904-1987), American entertainer known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow and Kansas farmworker Hunk in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz
  • John Michael Bolger (b. 1957), American actor
  • John Bolger (b. 1954), American actor
  • Sarah Bolger (b. 1991), Irish actress
  • Jim Bolger (b. 1941), Irish racehorse trainer
  • Emma Bolger (b. 1996), Irish child actress
  • Dermot Bolger (b. 1959), Irish novelist, playwright and poet
  • James Brendan "Jim" Bolger (b. 1935), New Zealand politician, Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997

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Motto


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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: Deus nobis Haec Otio Fecit
Motto Translation: God made ??us this leisure


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    11. ...

    The Bolger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bolger 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 2 November 2013 at 00:23.

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