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Bulger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Bulger has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Bolguidir, which likely meant yellow belly (from bolg odhar).


Early Origins of the Bulger family


The surname Bulger was first found in Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and, even today, the name is only very rarely found outside the province of Leinster in Ireland.

Early History of the Bulger family


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Bulger Spelling Variations


Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Bulger were found in the archives researched. These included Bollger, Bulger, Boulger, O'Bolger, O'Bulger, Bolger, Bolgire, Bulgire, O'Bulgire, O'Bolgire and many more.

Early Notables of the Bulger family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bulger family to the New World and Oceana


In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Bulger or a variant listed above, including:

Bulger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Bulger who settled in New England in 1752
  • John Bulger, who settled in New England in 1758
  • Mary Bulger, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Bulger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nelly Bulger, aged 23, who landed in Maine in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Bulger, who settled in Barnstable in 1822
  • Benjamin Bulger was a planter of Twillingate in 1822
  • Patrick Bulger, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1825 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Edward Bulger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bulger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Phillip Bulger, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundlandas a laborer in 1775 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Bulger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Bulger alias Condon was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1803 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Richard Bulger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1817
  • Anastasia Bulger, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Edward Bulger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Michael Bulger, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bulger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bulger, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WANDERER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Wanderer.htm
  • John Bulger, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WANDERER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Wanderer.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Bulger (post 1700)


  • William Michael "Billy" Bulger (b. 1934), retired American Democratic politician, lawyer, and educator, President of the University of Massachusetts (1996-2003), President of the Massachusetts Senate (1978-1996), younger brother of James "Whitey" Bulger, their father was from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland
  • James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger Jr. (b. 1929), American former organized crime boss of the Winter Hill Gang in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives; he was captured in 2011
  • Peggy Bulger (b. 1950), American folklorist and Director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
  • Marc Bulger (b. 1977), American football player, voted MVP of the 2004 Pro Bowl
  • William Michael Bulger (b. 1934), American politician, President of the Massachusetts State Senate and president of the University of Massachusetts
  • Lawrence "Larry" Quinlivan Bulger (1870-1928), nicknamed "Fat Cupid", an Irish rugby union player, athlete and doctor, brother of Daniel and Michael Bulger
  • Michael Joseph Bulger (1867-1938), Irish rugby player, athlete and medical doctor, brother of Daniel and Lawrence Bulger
  • Daniel Delany Bulger (1865-1930), Irish athlete winner of 25 Gold Medals at Irish athletic championships, brother of Michael and Lawrence Bulger
  • Anthony Bulger, British Circuit Judge

The Bulger 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: Deus nobis Haec Otio Fecit
Motto Translation: God made ??us this leisure


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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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WANDERER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Wanderer.htm


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