Bull History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The earliest origins of the Bull surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person of strong character or who was physically strong and big.

Early Origins of the Bull family

The surname Bull was first found in Somerset, where John le Bole was one of the first listings of the name found in 1284. [1]The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: William le Bole in Cambridgeshire; Geoffrey Bolle in Staffordshire; Ralph le Bule in Oxfordshire; and Robert le Bule in Somerset.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Willelmus Bulle; and Elena Bull. [2]

Wulfin Bule was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire in 1170, Hulle le Bule was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset in 1201, William le Bole was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Surrey in 1214 and Ralph le Bulle was listed in Northumberland in 1288. [3]

The name reached as far north as Scotland where the name Bull was evident from 1296 when William Bull of Ayrshire rendered homage, to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland. [4]

Important Dates for the Bull family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bull research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1852, 1275, 1200, 1376, 1552, 1628, 1575, 1535, 1540, 1563, 1628, 1623, 1630, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1679, 1689, 1689, 1692, 1634, 1710, 1634, 1605, 1684, 1636, 1610, 1694, 1685, 1686 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Bull History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bull 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 Bull 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 Bull include: Bull, Bule, Bulls, Buyll, Bula and others.

Early Notables of the Bull family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Dr. John Bull (1552-1628) English composer, organist, virginalist, organ builder, and keyboard virtuoso, composer of "God Save the Queen." Henry Bull (d. 1575?), theological writer, a native of Warwickshire, was a demy of Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1535, and full fellow and B.A. in 1540. John Bull (1563?-1628), was an musician, 'of the same family, as it seems, with those of his name in Somersetshire.' "According to the pedigree of the Bulls of Peglinch or Peylinch in the parish of Wellow (which is to be found in the visitation of Somersetshire held in 1623), he may...
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Bull 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 Bull or a variant listed above:

Bull Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Bull, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [5]
  • Richard Bull, aged 17, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • Tho Bull, aged 25, who landed in America in 1635 [5]
  • Thomas Bull, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [5]
  • Henrie Bull, aged 19, who arrived in America in 1635 [5]
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Bull Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliz Bull, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [5]
  • William Tredwell Bull, who arrived in South Carolina in 1712 [5]
  • Charles Bull, who settled in Boston in 1716
  • Edward Bull, who immigrated to the West Indies in 1722
  • Jonathan Bull, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1729 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bull Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Bull, aged 71, who landed in New York in 1812 [5]
  • John Bull, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1821 [5]
  • Sarah Bull, who sailed to New York in 1824
  • Timothy Bull, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827 [5]
  • Abraham Bull, aged 11, who landed in New York in 1849 [5]
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Bull migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bull Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Berar Bull U.E. who settled in Lincoln County, Niagara, Ontario c. 1783 [6]
  • Mr. Francis Bull U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 251 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [6]
  • Lt. George Bull U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Woodstock, New Brunswick c. 1783 he served as part of the Cavalry American Legion [6]
  • Mr. Richard Bull U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 [6]
  • Mrs. Margaret Bull U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [6]
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Bull Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Josiah Bull, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Hans Bull, who landed in Quebec in 1850
  • Stephen Bull, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
Bull Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • R H Bull, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • I Bull, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. Bull, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Bull migration to Australia

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

Bull Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Bull, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Joseph Bull, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Thomas Bull, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Edward Bull a farm labourer, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [10]
  • Lucy Bull, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [11]
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Bull 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:

Bull Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Bull, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Bull, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Charles Bull, aged 28, a book binder, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Ann Bull, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Alice Bull, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bull (post 1700)

  • Alexander "Sandy" Bull (1941-2001), American folk musician and composer
  • Richard William Bull (1924-2014), American film, stage and television actor, best known for his role as Nels Oleson, on the NBC TV series Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)
  • Lieutenant-General Harold Roe Bull (1893-1976), American Commandant of the National War College (1949-1952) [12]
  • John Sumter Bull PH.D. (1934-2008), former NASA Astronaut [13]
  • Sir William James Bull (1863-1931), English lawyer, Member of Parliament, created 1st Baronet Bull on November 25th 1922
  • Peter Bull (1912-1984), English stage and film actor
  • Geoffrey Randolph Bull (b. 1942), Australian jazz trumpeter and bandleader
  • Gerald Vincent Bull (1928-1990), Canadian engineer, long range artillery expert
  • Hedley Bull (1932-1985), Professor of International Relations at the Australian National University
  • Georg Andreas Bull (1829-1917), Norwegian architect
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bull family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert J Bull (b. 1902), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Percival H Bull (b. 1923), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Gosport, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Allen Nother Bull (1919-1939), British Shipwright 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Bull, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. W. Bull (d. 1912), aged 30, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]

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Citations

  1. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Harold Bull. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bull/Harold_Roe/USA.html
  13. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Bull. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bull-js.html
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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