Bouless is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bouless family lived in Lincolnshire
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former residence in Bouelles,
near Neufchatel, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bouless family
The surname Bouless was first found in Lincolnshire
where they settled after the Norman Conquest
. They were originally from Bouelles, near Neufchatel in Normandy
where it was listed under the spellings Bowles or Buelles. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Bouless family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bouless research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1662, 1619, 1663, 1661, 1663, 1669, 1714, 1690, 1702 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Bouless History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bouless Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bowles, Bolles, Boles, Bowls, Boals and others.
Early Notables of the Bouless family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Bowles (1613-1662), an English Presbyterian minister from Sutton, Bedfordshire; Sir John Bolles, 1st Baronet
of Scampton, Lincolnshire; Sir Robert Bolles, 2nd Baronet
(1619-1663), an English politician who sat... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bouless Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bouless family to Ireland
Some of the Bouless family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bouless family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bouless or a variant listed above: Ann Bowles who settled in Virginia in 1656; Edward Bowles settled in Virginia in 1654; John Bowles settled in New England
in 1654; John settled in New England