Show ContentsBolte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bolte is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived on a small farm, from the Anglo Saxon word bold, which means, small farm.

Early Origins of the Bolte family

The surname Bolte was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bolte family

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Bolte Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bolte has been spelled many different ways, including deblot,Bolt, Bold, Boald, Boalt, Boltt, Bolde, Bolte, Boult and many more.

Early Notables of the Bolte family (pre 1700)

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Bolte Ranking

In the United States, the name Bolte is the 11,914th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Bolte migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Boltes to arrive in North America:

Bolte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Amias Bolte, age 23, who settled in Virginia in 1618 aboard the ship "Neptune"
Bolte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Bolte, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 [2]
Bolte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bern Theodor Bolte, aged 48, who landed in America in 1836 [2]
  • Joseph Bolte, aged 39, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [2]
  • Gottl Bolte, aged 29, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [2]
  • F. W. Bolte, who arrived in Texas in 1847
  • Frederick Bolte, who landed in Maryland in 1848 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Bolte migration to Australia +

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

Bolte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Bolte, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bolte (post 1700) +

  • Charles L. Bolte (1895-1989), American officer, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
  • August Bolte (1854-1920), American politician, Lieutenant Governor of the state of Missouri (1897-1901)
  • Richard J. Bolte Sr., American businessman and philanthropist, life-long supporter of Mount St. Mary's University, Maryland, eponym of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business
  • Audrey Bolte, American model, Miss Ohio USA 2012
  • Charles L. Bolte (1895-1989), U.S. Army general and World War I and World War II veteran, Vice Chief of Staff US Army (1953-1955), recipient of the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Purple Heart
  • Dr. Michael Bolte, American Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and director of Observatories at the University of California
  • Wilhelm Bolte (1902-1974), German politician (SRP)
  • Peter Bolte (b. 1967), German jazz saxophonist
  • Ursula Bolte (b. 1944), German state politician (North Rhine-Westphalia) (SPD)
  • Wilhelm Bolte (1859-1941), German sculptor
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  • Rudolf Bolte (1919-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from
  4. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook