Bulkeley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Bulkeley surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the ancient Lords of Buclogh where the surname means large mountain.

Early Origins of the Bulkeley family

The surname Bulkeley was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bulkeley family

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Bulkeley Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bulkeley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bulkeley include: Bulkeley, Bulkely, Buckly, Bulkelly, Bulhilly, Buhilly and many more.

Early Notables of the Bulkeley family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Bulkeley (died 1573), a Welsh politician, Member of Parliament for Anglesey (1549-1552); Sir Richard Bulkeley of Beaumaris, Anglesey and Lewisham (d. 1621), English parliamentarian, knighted in 1577; his son, Thomas Bulkeley (died. c.1659), created Viscount Bulkeley of Cashel in the Peerage of Ireland on 19 January 1644; and John Bulkeley (1614-1662), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1640 and 1662. Thomas Bulkeley, 1st Viscount Bulkeley (1585-1659), was a Welsh landowner from North Wales who supported the Royalist cause during the English Civil War. Thomas...
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Ireland Migration of the Bulkeley family to Ireland

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United States Bulkeley migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bulkeley or a variant listed above:

Bulkeley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter and Grace Bulkeley and their two sons who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1635
  • Peter Bulkeley, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]

Canada Bulkeley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bulkeley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Bulkeley, who landed in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Richard Bulkeley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1776
  • Mr. F. Bulkeley U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was part of the Penobscot Association [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bulkeley (post 1700) +

  • Vice Admiral John Duncan Bulkeley (1911-1996), American Naval officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and the Croix de Guerre during WWII, eponym of the USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer [3]
  • Morgan Gardner Bulkeley (1837-1922), American businessman and politician, first president of baseball's National League (1876-), mayor of Hartford, governor of Connecticut, and United States Senator
  • Thomas James Bulkeley, 7th Viscount Bulkeley, English peer and politician
  • Thomas James Bulkeley (1752-1822), English nobleman, 7th Viscount Bulkeley, created 1st Baron Bulkeley, both titles became extinct upon his death
  • James Bulkeley (1716-1752), 6th Viscount Bulkeley, Welsh politician and peer
  • Sir Richard Thomas Williams- Bulkeley (b. 1939), 14th Baronet, Welsh peer
  • Sir Richard Williams- Bulkeley (1911-1992), 13th Baronet, Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey and Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd, Welsh peer
  • Sir Richard Williams- Bulkeley (1862-1942), 12th Baronet, Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey, Welsh peer
  • Sir Richard Lewis Mostyn Williams- Bulkeley (1833-1884), 11th Baronet, Welsh peer
  • Sir Richard Williams- Bulkeley (1801-1875), 10th Baronet, Welsh peer; born Richard Williams, he assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Bulkeley on succeeding to the estates of Thomas James Bulkeley, 7th Viscount Bulkeley

The Bulkeley 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: Nec temere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ John Bulkeley. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Bulkeley. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Bulkeley

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