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Buller is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Buller family lived in Cornwall. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Flemish region of Boulaere, where the family resided before emigrating to England.


The surname Buller was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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 Buller, Bullar, Buler and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buller research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1630, 1682, 1659, 1660, 1679, 1613, 1679, 1659, 1660, 1632, 1716, 1688 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Buller History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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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 Buller or a variant listed above:

Buller Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Buller, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Thomas Buller who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Hendrich Benckson Buller arrived in Delaware in 1649
  • Hendrich Benckson Buller, who arrived in Delaware in 1649
  • Sarah Buller, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1684

Buller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robt Buller, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Margaretha Buller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Johnathon Buller arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727

Buller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jan Buller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • William Buller, who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • Fr Jacob Buller, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1836
  • A Cath Buller, who arrived in America in 1837
  • W Buller, who arrived in America in 1837

Buller Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Buller arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • Peter Buller, who landed in Manitoba in 1874

Buller Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Buller, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Buller Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Buller landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mary Ann Buller arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lorraine" in 1878


  • Ralph Leland Buller (b. 1930), American physician
  • Herman Buller (b. 1922), Canadian writer, whose works include "One Man Alone" (1963) and "Days of Rage" (1974)
  • John Buller (b. 1927), British composer, who studied with Milner and who first gained recognition for his works based on "Finnegan's Wake," "Finnegan's Floras" (1972) and "The Mime of Mick, Nick and the Maggies." Among his more recent works is "The Theatre of Memory" (1981)
  • Sir Redvers Henry Buller (1839-1908), British general
  • Charles Buller (1806-1848), British reform politician who received part of his education from Thomas Carlyle and a friend of John Stuart Mill. Buller served as a parliamentarian from 1830 until his death. In 1838, he traveled with Lord Durham to Canada as Durham's private secretary. Buller was appointed judge-advocate-general in 1846, and served as chief commissioner of the Poor Law for the year prior to his death
  • Sir Walter Lawry Buller KCMG (1838-1906), New Zealand lawyer, naturalist and ornithologist


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: Aquila non captat muscas
Motto Translation: The eagle is no fly-catcher.


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The Buller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buller Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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