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Where did the English Bullman family come from? What is the English Bullman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bullman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bullman family history?

The origins of the Bullman surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Bullman began when someone in that family worked as a keeper of the bull. This surname was originally derived from the Old English buleman where its origins can be traced to Northumberland.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bullman has appeared include Bullman, Buleman, Boleman, Bulleman, Bulman and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bullman research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1209, 1273, 1390, 1392, 1530, 1569, 1577, 1601, 1662, and 1686 are included under the topic Early Bullman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bullman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bullman arrived in North America very early:

Bullman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Bullman, aged 40, landed in Barbados in 1635

Bullman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Bullman who arrived in Maryland in 1722
  • Christian Bullman, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • John Bullman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Bullman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Bullman who arrived in Boston in 1850
  • C Bullman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Bullman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Bullman, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Ellen Bullman, aged 17, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849


  • John Bullman (1870-1922), American jockey and a two-time winner of the Belmont Stakes horse race


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: Pro patria
Motto Translation: For my country.


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The Bullman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bullman 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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