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The surname Boling was first found in Lancashire and Yorkshire. For the Yorkshire branch, the name was thought to have been derived from a local name Bowling, a chapelry near Bradford, but census records are relatively late for this name as the first found was Tristram Bollyng of Bradford c. 1580. The same reference states that his grandson Robert Bollyng was a "sadler and silk trowster" residing in London. To confuse matters more, the name could also have been a baptismal name as "the son of Bolling".

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Boling are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Boling include: Bolling, Bowling, Boling, Bollings, Bollinge and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boling research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1476, 1316 and 1485 are included under the topic Early Boling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Boling or a variant listed above:

Boling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Boling, aged 26, arrived in Missouri in 1838
  • Ramon Boling, aged 23, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1838
  • Charles Henry Boling, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • Christina Boling, aged 7, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • Joseph Boling, aged 55, landed in New Orleans, La in 1846
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  • John Boling (1884-1932), American racecar driver
  • Clint Boling (b. 1989), American football guard
  • Robert Boling (b. 1962), professional Australian rules footballer
  • Kim Boling (b. 1992), Finnish footballer

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    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Boling Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Boling 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 20 May 2016 at 20:33.

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