Show ContentsBollin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Bollin family came to Scotland with the Normans in the 11th century. The Bollin surname is derived from someone who lived in one of the numerous locations named Borland or Boreland in the counties of Dumfriesshire, Galloway, Fife, and Perthshire. The name of these places is thought to mean home-farm. [1]

"Bordlands were lands which the lords kept in their hands for the maintenance of their board or table. " [2]

Early Origins of the Bollin family

The surname Bollin was first found in Somerset where Robert de la Burlionde was recorded in 1268. A few years later, William atte Borland was recorded in 1303, again in Somerset. [3] Burland is a location name in Yorkshire. [4]

Back in Scotland where most families today call their homeland, "James Bordland [was a ] witness in Ayrshire, 1513. Allan Bordlandes was a weaver in Edinburgh in 1609. In the same record the name also appears as Borland, Bordland, Borelands." [1]

Early History of the Bollin family

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Bollin Spelling Variations

There has been great variation in spelling of Scottish names over the centuries. Spelling variations of the name Bollin include Boland, Borland, Bolan, Bolland, Bollin, Boreland and many more.

Early Notables of the Bollin family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was James Borland (1774-1863), Scottish inspector-general of army hospitals, born at Ayr, N.B., in April 1774, and entered the army medical department as surgeons-mate in the 42nd Highlanders in 1792. Having been promoted on the staff next year, he made two campaigns under the Duke of York in Flanders, after which he proceeded to the West Indies as surgeon, 23rd royal Welsh fusiliers. He was then again transferred to the staff, and did duty...
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Bollin Ranking

In the United States, the name Bollin is the 18,328th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Bollin migration to the United States +

Settlers of this name who made their way from Scotland to North America include:

Bollin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sophia Bollin, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [6]
Bollin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bollin, who arrived in New York in 1844 [6]

Australia Bollin migration to Australia +

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

Bollin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Bollin, (Bolland), English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records of Australia. Retreived 26th January 2021 from on Facebook