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The Boulet surname is generally thought to derived from the Old French word "boul," denoting a type of birch tree. As a name it was likely first used by someone living near such trees, or perhaps from a place name derived from the tree name. It has also been suggested that some instances of the Boulet name find their roots in the Old French word "boule" or "ball." In this case the name was likely originally a nickname for someone of a rotund shape. La Boulaye is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France. Fort De La Boulaye, also known as Mississippi Fort was a fort built by the French in 1700, to take control over the Mississippi. Native Americans forced the French to vacate the fort by 1707.

Boulet Early Origins



The surname Boulet was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family first originated, maintaining their status as one of the more distinguished families of the region.

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Boulet Spelling Variations


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Boulet Spelling Variations



French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Boulet is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Boulet, du Boulet, Boulez, Boullet, Boullée, Bouley, Boulay, Boullay, Bouletot, Boulot, Boullot, Boulais, Bouloy, Bouloi, Boulois, Duboulay, Dubouloy, Boul, Boule, Boulle, Boulles, Bouleau, Boulleau and many more.

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Boulet Early History


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Boulet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boulet research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1669, 1773, 1678, 1642, 1732, 1672, 1728, 1799, 1761, 1840, 1861 and 1942 are included under the topic Early Boulet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boulet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boulet Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family in this period was César-Egasse du Boulay (died 1678), known as Bulaeus, a French historian; André Charles Boulle (1642-1732), French cabinetmaker who became one of the most important suppliers...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boulet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Boulet were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Boulet were

Boulet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Boulet, age 28, who settled in New York, New York in 1820 with her child

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Contemporary Notables of the name Boulet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Boulet (post 1700)



  • Louis Boulet, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000, 2004
  • Magdalena Lewy- Boulet (b. 1973), American runner
  • Sergio Álvarez Boulet (b. 1979), Cuban five-time gold medalist weightlifter
  • Lionel Boulet OC OQ (1919-1996), Canadian engineer, academic, and utilities executive, the first Director of the Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec (1967-1982), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 1973
  • Joseph Gaétan Robert Gérald "Gerry" Boulet (1946-1990), Canadian rock singer, lead vocalist of the band Offenbach
  • Julie Boulet (b. 1959), Canadian politician and Quebec provincial Cabinet minister

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Boulet Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Boulet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boulet Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 January 2016 at 09:33.

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