The ancestors of the name Bollingbroke date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Bolingbrooke.
The place dates back to the Domesday Book
from the Old English Bulingbroc,
which literally meant brook associated with a bull.
Today there is also a village named New Bolingbroke
located in the Lincolnshire
Fens about 10km east of Coningsby.
Early Origins of the Bollingbroke family
The surname Bollingbroke was first found in Lincolnshire
. Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting aspects of this surname is that King Henry IV of England
, was also known as Henry of Bolingbroke because he was born at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire. The castle, now in ruins, was first fortified by the Saxons
in the 6th or 7th century. In the 12th century the Normans
built a Motte-and-bailey on a nearby hill above the settlement of Bolingbroke. The present structure was founded by Ranulf, Earl of Chester, in 1220 shortly after he returned from the Fifth Crusade. Lucy of Bolingbroke (died c. 1138) was an Anglo-Norman heiress and later in life, countess of Chester.
Early History of the Bollingbroke family
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Bollingbroke Spelling Variations
Bollingbroke has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bollingbroke have been found, including Bolingbroke, Bollingbroke, Bolingbrook, Bullingbroke, Bullingbrook, Bollingbrooke, Bulingbroc, Bolingbrok, Bullyngbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Bollingbroke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bollingbroke family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bollingbrokes to arrive on North American shores: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.