Bolles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bolles is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bolles family lived in Lincolnshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former residence in Bouelles, near Neufchatel, in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Bolles family

The surname Bolles was first found in Lincolnshire where they settled after the Norman Conquest. They were originally from Bouelles, near Neufchatel in Normandy where it was listed under the spellings Bowles or Buelles. [1]

Early History of the Bolles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolles research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1662, 1619, 1663, 1661, 1663, 1669, 1714, 1690, 1702, 1722 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Bolles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bolles Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bolles are characterized by many spelling variations. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bolles include Bowles, Bolles, Boles, Bowls, Boals and others.

Early Notables of the Bolles family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Bowles (1613-1662), an English Presbyterian minister from Sutton, Bedfordshire; Sir John Bolles, 1st Baronet of Scampton, Lincolnshire; Sir Robert Bolles, 2nd Baronet (1619-1663), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1663; Sir...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bolles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Bolles family to Ireland

Some of the Bolles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bolles migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bolles, or a variant listed above:

Bolles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Bolles, who landed in Maine in 1640 [2]
Bolles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bolles, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [2]
  • S Bolles, who arrived in Mississippi in 1831 [2]
  • Heinrich Bolles, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [2]
  • Henry Bolles, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [2]
  • Miss Bolles, who landed in Brazil in 1875 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bolles (post 1700) +

  • Richard Nelson Bolles (1927-2017), American Episcopal clergyman and the author of What Color Is Your Parachute?
  • Stephen Bolles (1866-1941), American politician, congressman from Wisconsin
  • John Savage Bolles (1905-1983), San Francisco architect
  • Robert C. Bolles (1928-1994), American psychologist
  • Richard Bolles Paddock (1859-1901), United States Army officer, one of the few American officers who died in China during the Boxer Rebellion


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ 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)


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