Bulford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Bulford comes from the place name Bulford. There is a civil parish and village named Bulford in Wiltshire and in 2001 it had a population of 4,698. In Yorkshire there was a spot named Bulford now lost, but is presumed to have been located at a ford of a river near Strensall. Today, the Bulford Kiwi is a large chalk carving on Beacon Hill on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. It was carved by soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who were stationed there in 1919.

Early Origins of the Bulford family

The surname Bulford was first found in Yorkshire where the earliest records revealed Robert of Buleford 1226-7 and James de Bulford in 1334 in the Feet of Fines of that shire.

Early History of the Bulford family

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Bulford 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 Bulford, Bullford, Bulliford and others.

Early Notables of the Bulford family (pre 1700)

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United States Bulford migration to the United States +

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 Bulford or a variant listed above:

Bulford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Simeon Bulford, who applied for naturalization in Pennsylvania in 1819
  • Simeon Bulford, aged 18, who landed in America in 1819 [1]
  • John Bulford, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • John Bulford, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Christian Bulford, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]

Canada Bulford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bulford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Bulford, who settled in Ontario in 1821
  • George Bulford and his family, who settled in Ontario between 1866 and 1869
Bulford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Clive Bulford, who arrived at the port of Quebec in 1928

Contemporary Notables of the name Bulford (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant John Bulford, British Naval officer in the War of 1812-1814
  • Anne Bulford, British Deputy Director-General of the BBC (2016-), the first woman to hold this position


The Bulford Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dux vitae ratio
Motto Translation: Reason is the guide of my life


  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)


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