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The roots of the distinguished name Bolitho lie in the southwestern county of Cornwall. It is a local name, meaning "of Bolitho," a place in Cornwall. The first part of the name is derived from the Old Cornish "bod" or "bos," meaning "dwelling place"; the second part is thought to be derived from an unknown personal name.

Bolitho Early Origins



The surname Bolitho was first found in Cornwall, where it originated. The name was first mentioned in documents from Penryn dated 1524.

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Bolitho Spelling Variations


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Bolitho Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bolitho, Bolithoe, Bolithow and others.

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Bolitho Early History


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Bolitho Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolitho research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1545, 1756, 1815, 1835, 1861, 1835 and 1915 are included under the topic Early Bolitho History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bolitho Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bolitho Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Richard Bolitho (1756-1815), a naval officer whose career has been documented in the Richard Bolitho books, a historical fiction...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bolitho 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bolitho Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Bolitho, aged 45, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Agincourt.htm
  • William Bolitho, aged 45, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Agincourt.htm
  • Ann Bolitho, aged 38, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Agincourt.htm
  • Samuel Bolitho, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Agincourt.htm
  • Mary Bolitho, aged 10, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Agincourt.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bolitho Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Bolitho, aged 31, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Mary Jane Bolitho, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bolitho (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bolitho (post 1700)



  • Sergeant Richard Bolitho (1920-1943), Who was one of the famous "Dambusters" of World War II
  • Hector Bolitho (1897-1974), prolific New Zealand author, novelist and biographer
  • Harold Bolitho (1939-2010), Australian academic, historian, author and professor emeritus
  • Louise Bolitho, manager of the School of Computer Science & Software Engineering at the University of Western Australia
  • Bob Bolitho (b. 1952), Canadian soccer player, national team member

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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: Re Deu
Motto Translation: By God.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Agincourt.htm

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

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