Boulter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Boulter surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Boulter began when someone in that family worked as a sifter of meal. Other evidence suggests that the surname Boulter 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 or cobblestone. 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 Boulter family

The surname Boulter was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Boulter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boulter research. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1635, 1709, 1694, 1635, 1709, 1694, 1698, 1701, 1672, 1742, 1724, 1742, 1719 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Boulter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boulter Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Boulter has appeared include Boulter, Bolter, Boulder, Bolteir and others.

Early Notables of the Boulter 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 July 1694, Member of Parliament for Boston (1698-1701); and Dr. Hugh Boulter (1672-1742), Church...
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Migration of the Boulter family to Ireland

Some of the Boulter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boulter migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Boulter arrived in North America very early:

Boulter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathanial Boulter who settled in Hampton New Hampshire in 1630
  • Isaac Boulter, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]
  • Nathaniel Boulter, who arrived in Hampton, NH in 1685 [1]
Boulter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Boulter, who settled in New England in 1748
Boulter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Boulter, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]

Boulter migration to Australia

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

Boulter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Boulter, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • John Boulter, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]

Boulter migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boulter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Boulter, (b. 1842), aged 33, English labourer from Warwick travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]
  • Mrs. Eliza Boulter, (b. 1847), aged 28, English settler from Warwick travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]
  • Miss Mary A Boulter, (b. 1870), aged 5, English settler from Warwick travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]
  • Mr. Andrew Boulter, (b. 1872), aged 3, English settler from Warwick travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]
  • Mr. Charles Boulter, (b. 1874), aged 1, English settler from Warwick travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Boulter (post 1700)

  • George D. Boulter, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State Senate 1st District, 1931-32 [5]
  • Frederick Boulter, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stonington; Elected 1918, 1920; First Selectman of Stonington, Connecticut, 1919 [5]
  • Eldon Beau Boulter (b. 1942), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 13th District, 1985-89; Defeated, 1992; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 [5]
  • Eldon Beau Boulter (b. 1942), American politician, Republican congressman from Texas (1985-1989)
  • Roy Boulter (b. 1964), English rock-pop drummer
  • William Ewart Boulter (1892-1955), English soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for deeds during WWI
  • Ana Boulter (b. 1976), British television presenter
  • Stanley Carr Boulter (1852-1917), British lawyer and businessman, who founded The Law Debenture Corporation
  • Rosalyn Boulter (1917-1997), British actress
  • John Boulter, British tenor from Gillingham, Kent
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Historic Events for the Boulter family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Boulter, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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