Boulder is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon
society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a sifter of meal.
Other evidence suggests that the surname Boulder was established as an area called Boulder.
From there people acquired the surname. The name is also derived from the Old English word bulder
which means boulder
Alternatively the name could have been derived from the word bolter
which was a miller. Boulter's Lock and Boutler's Island are both located on the River Thames on the eastern side of Maidenhead, Berkshire.
Early Origins of the Boulder family
The surname Boulder was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Boulder family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boulder research.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1635, 1709, 1694, 1635, 1709, 1694, 1698, 1701, 1672, 1742, 1724, 1742 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Boulder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boulder Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Boulder include Boulter, Bolter, Boulder, Bolteir and others.
Early Notables of the Boulder family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Edmund Boulter (c.1635-1709), a London merchant and politician, Sheriff of London (1694); Edmund Boulter (c.
1635-1709), a London merchant and politician, Sheriff of London in... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boulder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boulder family to Ireland
Some of the Boulder family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Boulder family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Boulder were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Nathanial Boulter who settled in Hampton New Hampshire
in 1630; William Boulter settled in New England
in 1748; John Bolteir settled in Virginia in 1654..