The ancient history of the Bolstrode name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Bulstrode, an estate in Buckinghamshire
that has long been associated with the family.
Early Origins of the Bolstrode family
The surname Bolstrode was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where the estate dates back to at least the Norman Conquest
. An early poem states "When William conquered English ground, Bulstrode had per annum three hundred
pound." The Conqueror gave the estate to the Norman follower, "he and his adherents, mounted upon Bulls, resisted the invaders and retained possession. Afterwards, accompanied by his seven sons, mounted in the same fashion, he went under safe conduct to William's court, and the Conqueror was so much amused wit the strangeness of the scene, that he permitted the stalwart Saxon to hold his lands under ancient tenure, and conferred upon him and his heirs for ever the surname of Bullstrode!" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Bolstrode family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bolstrode research.Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1221, 1273, 1407, 1588, 1592, 1617, 1675, 1588, 1659, 1610, 1711, 1650, 1724 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Bolstrode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bolstrode Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bolstrode include Bulstrode, Bulestrod, Bulestrode, Bulstrod, Bullstrod and many more.
Early Notables of the Bolstrode family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Bulstrode (1588-1659), a prominent lawyer, and his son, Sir Richard Bulstrode (1610-1711), an English soldier, diplomat and author, born at Astley, Warwickshire; he followed James II into exile and... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bolstrode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bolstrode family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bolstrode or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.