The ancestors of the name Bullingbrook date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bullingbrook family lived in the parish of Bolingbrooke.
The place dates back to the Domesday Book
from the Old English Bulingbroc,
which literally meant brook associated with a bull.
Today there is also a village named New Bolingbroke
located in the Lincolnshire
Fens about 10km east of Coningsby.
Early Origins of the Bullingbrook family
The surname Bullingbrook was first found in Lincolnshire
. Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting aspects of this surname is that King Henry IV of England
, was also known as Henry of Bolingbroke because he was born at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire. The castle, now in ruins, was first fortified by the Saxons
in the 6th or 7th century. In the 12th century the Normans
built a Motte-and-bailey on a nearby hill above the settlement of Bolingbroke. The present structure was founded by Ranulf, Earl of Chester, in 1220 shortly after he returned from the Fifth Crusade. Lucy of Bolingbroke (died c. 1138) was an Anglo-Norman heiress and later in life, countess of Chester.
Early History of the Bullingbrook family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bullingbrook research.Another 525 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1367, 1170, 1275, 1295, 1476, 1503, 1500 and 1441 are included under the topic Early Bullingbrook History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bullingbrook 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 Bullingbrook 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 Bullingbrook include: Bolingbroke, Bollingbroke, Bolingbrook, Bullingbroke, Bullingbrook, Bollingbrooke, Bulingbroc, Bolingbrok, Bullyngbroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Bullingbrook family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bullingbrook family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bullingbrook or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.