Origins Available: English
The name Bullis is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as a bull herder or a keeper of cattle. The surname Bullis is a name for the bull-herd,
and is derived from the Old English word Bulluc,
which literally means bullherder.
Early Origins of the Bullis family
The surname Bullis was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bullis family
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Bullis 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 Bullis 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 Bullis include: Bullard, Buliard, Bolhard, Bulard, Bulward and others.
Early Notables of the Bullis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bullis 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 Bullis or a variant listed above:
Bullis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Bullis, who arrived in America in 1782 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bullis (post 1700)
- Robert Bullis (b. 1952), American professional football player
- Harry Amos Bullis (1890-1963), American business executive, President and Chairman of General Mills
- John Lapham Bullis (1841-1911), much-decorated American soldier and later an entrepreneur
- Clayton George Bullis, former Canadian diplomat