Bolland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Bolland was written O Beollain, formed from a Norse personal name.

Early Origins of the Bolland family

The surname Bolland was first found in counties Clare and Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat.

Early History of the Bolland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolland research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1014 is included under the topic Early Bolland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bolland Spelling Variations

Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Bolland that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Boland, Bolan, Boland, O'Boland, O'Bolan, Bolend, Bolen, Bolland, Bollan, Bollend, Bollen, Bowland, Bowlan, Bowlin, Boulland, Bollander, Bolander, Bollinder, Bolinder, Bollendar, Bolendar, Bollandar, Bowlander, Boulander, Bouland and many more.

Early Notables of the Bolland family (pre 1700)

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United States Bolland migration to the United States +

North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Bolland:

Bolland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthias Bolland, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • George Bolland, who landed in New York in 1796 [1]

Australia Bolland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bolland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Bolland, (b. 1777), aged 40, Irish country servant who was convicted in County Cork, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" on 21st March 1817, arriving in New South Wales, Australia then transported on to Tasmania per "Elizabeth Henrietta" [2]
  • James Bolland, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. James Bolland, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • James Bolland, aged 26, a herdsman, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [4]
  • Michael Bolland, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Bolland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bolland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Bolland, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mary Bolland, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Bolland (post 1700) +

  • Sir William Bolland (1772-1840), English lawyer and bibliophile, the eldest son of James Holland, of Southwark [5]
  • Brian Bolland (b. 1950), British comic book artist
  • Mark Bolland (b. 1966), English (Canadian born), Deputy Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales (1998-2002)
  • Paul Bolland (b. 1979), English professional football player
  • Pat Bolland (b. 1958), Canadian business television commentator
  • Jasper Bolland (b. 1986), Dutch professional football player
  • Gordon Bolland (b. 1943), English professional football player and manager
  • David Bolland (b. 1986), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • C J Bolland (b. 1971), English electronic-music producer
  • Brian Bolland (b. 1951), British comics artist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Flora 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/flora1855.shtml
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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