The name Bolingbroke belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in the parish of Bolingbrooke.
The place dates back to the Domesday Book
from the Old English Bulingbroc,
which literally meant brook associated with a bull.
Today there is also a village named New Bolingbroke
located in the Lincolnshire
Fens about 10km east of Coningsby.
Early Origins of the Bolingbroke family
The surname Bolingbroke was first found in Lincolnshire
. Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting aspects of this surname is that King Henry IV of England
, was also known as Henry of Bolingbroke because he was born at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire. The castle, now in ruins, was first fortified by the Saxons
in the 6th or 7th century. In the 12th century the Normans
built a Motte-and-bailey on a nearby hill above the settlement of Bolingbroke. The present structure was founded by Ranulf, Earl of Chester, in 1220 shortly after he returned from the Fifth Crusade. Lucy of Bolingbroke (died c. 1138) was an Anglo-Norman heiress and later in life, countess of Chester.
Early History of the Bolingbroke family
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Bolingbroke Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bolingbroke include Bolingbroke, Bollingbroke, Bolingbrook, Bullingbroke, Bullingbrook, Bollingbrooke, Bulingbroc, Bolingbrok, Bullyngbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Bolingbroke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bolingbroke family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bolingbroke were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Bolingbroke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lizzie Bolingbroke, aged 19, who arrived in America from Swinford, Ireland, in 1909
- Alfred Bolingbroke, aged 29, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1912
- Annie Bolingbroke, aged 30, who arrived in America from Manchester, England, in 1914
- Uhelreda Bolingbroke, aged 32, who arrived in America from Norwich, England, in 1916
- George Bolingbroke, aged 54, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1921
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bolingbroke (post 1700)
- George Bolingbroke (1866-1947), better known as George Ali, an American actor who specialized in playing animals in stage and cinema productions, known as the Animal Impersonator; best known for his role in the 1924 film adaptation of Peter Pan
- Henry St. John Bolingbroke (1678-1751), Tory party Jacobite grandee and British statesman