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Early Origins of the Bolling family

The surname Bolling was first found in Lancashire and Yorkshire. For the Yorkshire branch, the name was thought to have been derived from a local name Bowling, a chapelry near Bradford, but census records are relatively late for this name as the first found was Tristram Bollyng of Bradford c. 1580. The same reference states that his grandson Robert Bollyng was a "sadler and silk trowster" residing in London. To confuse matters more, the name could also have been a baptismal name as "the son of Bolling".

Early History of the Bolling family

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Bolling Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bolling family name include Bolling, Bowling, Boling, Bollings, Bollinge and many more.

Early Notables of the Bolling family (pre 1700)

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Bolling Ranking

In the United States, the name Bolling is the 4,503rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Bolling migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bolling surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Bolling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Timo Bolling, who arrived in Virginia in 1697 [2]
Bolling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Bolling, who landed in Virginia in 1709 [2]
  • George Bolling, who arrived in Virginia in 1725 [2]
  • Christian Bolling who settled in Mississippi in 1789
Bolling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henriette Bolling, who arrived in North America in 1832 [2]
  • Sophia Bolling, who landed in America in 1837 [2]
  • Fritz Bolling who arrived in New York in 1871

Australia Bolling migration to Australia +

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

Bolling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Bolling, (b. 1799), aged 23, English labourer who was convicted in Somerset, England for 14 years for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bolling (post 1700) +

  • Landrum Rymer Bolling (1913-2018), American journalist and diplomat, President of Earlham College from 1958 to 1973
  • Robert Bolling (1646-1709), early American colonist, planter and politician in the English colony of Virginia, grandson of Colonel Robert Bolling (1646-1709)
  • Bruce C. Bolling (1945-1946), American politician and businessman from Boston, the first Black President of the Boston City Council
  • Lieutenant-General Alexander Russell Bolling (1895-1964), American Commanding General 3rd Army (1952-1955) [4]
  • Edith Bolling (1872-1961), American first lady, the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson
  • Colonel Raynal Cawthorne Bolling (1877-1918), American Army officer
  • Claude Bolling (b. 1930), French jazz pianist
  • Archibald Bolling Shepperson, American Virginia Quarterly Review editor in 1942
  • Bolling Hall Handy (b. 1891), American Democratic Party politician, Lawyer [5]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Gerald Revese Bolling, American Seaman First Class from Arkansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]
  • Mr. Walter Karr Bolling, American Fireman Third Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]

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  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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th November 2020). Retrieved from
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Alexander Bolling. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from
  6. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook