Bullard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Bullard finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who worked as a bull herder or a keeper of cattle. The surname Bullard is a name for the bull-herd, and is derived from the Old English word Bulluc, which literally means bullherder. [1]

Another source notes a similar origin of the name: "bull-ward-either the man who presided over the sport of bull-baiting, or the one who had the care of the 'townbull.' " [2]

Early Origins of the Bullard family

The surname Bullard was first found in Wiltshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Geoffrey Bolhard as one of the first listings of the family. The same source listed Fulco Bulard as holding lands at that time in Kent. [3]

Early History of the Bullard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bullard research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1273, 1275, 1500, 1524, 1672, 1672, 1806 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Bullard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bullard Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bullard family name include Bullard, Buliard, Bolhard, Bulard, Bulward and others.

Early Notables of the Bullard family (pre 1700)

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United States Bullard migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bullard surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Bullard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Bullard, who landed in Virginia in 1631 [4]
  • Robert Bullard who arrived in New England in 1634
  • Henry Bullard who sailed to Virginia in 1636
  • Tho Bullard, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • John Bullard, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1640 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bullard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hannah Bullard, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [4]
  • Thomas Bullard, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [4]
Bullard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bullard, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [4]
  • W H Bullard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • Major-General Robert Lee Bullard, who was born at Youngsboro in Alabama in 1861 and commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division of the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I

Australia Bullard migration to Australia +

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

Bullard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Bullard who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 31st December 1831, arriving in New South Wales [5]

New Zealand Bullard 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:

Bullard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Bullard, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Jane Bullard, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • William E. Bullard, aged 19, a saddler, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Bullard (post 1700) +

  • Bill Bullard Jr. (1943-2020), American politician, Member of the Michigan Senate (1996-2002)
  • Robert Lee Bullard (1861-1947), American General
  • Henry Adams Bullard (1788-1851), American politician, member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana
  • Edward Payson Bullard Sr (1841-1906), American founder of The Bullard Machine Tool Company
  • Eugene Bullard (1894-1961), first African-American military pilot
  • Sir Edward "Teddy" Crisp Bullard FRS (1907-1980), English geophysicist
  • Patrick "Pat" Bullard (b. 1959), Canadian writer and comedian
  • Michael Brian "Mike" Bullard (b. 1961), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Sir Giles Lionel Bullard KCVO CMG (1926-1992), British diplomat, British Ambassador to Bulgaria, High Commissioner to the West Indies
  • Sir Reader Bullard KCB, KCMG, CIE (1885-1976), British Ambassador and author


Suggested Readings for the name Bullard +

  • 1351 "Ancestors of Henry Ward Beecher and His Wife Eunice White Bullard" by Josephine C. Frost.

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell


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