Bullmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bullmore is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a keeper of bull calves. This surname may also refer to an exuberant young man

Early Origins of the Bullmore family

The surname Bullmore was first found in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, where one of the first records of the name was Antetin de Bulemer (Bulmere), one of the witnesses of a letter to King David I regarding the consecration of Robert, Bishop of St. Andrews at York in 1128. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Bolemere and literally meant "pool where bulls drink." [1]

The township of Sheepwash (or Shipwash) in Northumberland was home to another branch of the family. " The ancient mansion of the Bulmer family, here, is beautifully situated amidst gardens, orchards, and shrubberies of great luxuriance; and the parsonage-house of the parish, which is within the township, surrounded by the windings of the river, is also a very interesting feature." [2]

And another branch of the family was found at Thorpe-Bulmer in Durham. "This township derives the adjunct to its name from the family of Bulmer, one of whom, Sir John Bulmer, was attainted in the reign of Henry VIII." [2]

And yet another branch of the family was found at Wilton in the North Riding of Yorkshire. "Wilton Castle, recently built upon the site of the ancient baronial castle of the Bulmers, who possessed it for many generations, till Sir John Bulmer, Knt., was attainted of high treason, when his estates were confiscated." [2] Sheriff Hutton in the North Riding of Yorkshire was another ancient family seat. "This place is celebrated for its castle, erected in the time of Stephen (1140) by Bertram de Bulmer, from whose family it descended by marriage to the Nevilles, who held it till the battle of Barnet, in 1471, when Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, was slain, and his estates confiscated." [2]

Important Dates for the Bullmore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bullmore research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1128, 1300, 1342, 1310, 1465, 1531, 1503, 1516, 1517, 1481, 1537, 1558 and 1537 are included under the topic Early Bullmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bullmore Spelling Variations

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 Bullmore has appeared include Bullmer, Bilmer, Bulmar, Bulmore, Bulmer and others.

Early Notables of the Bullmore family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Bertram Bulmer of Thirsdale; Lord Bulmer, Distinguished Parliamentarian 1342; Sir Ralph Bulmer, Lord of the Manor of Wilton in 1310; Sir William Bulmer (1465-1531), of Wilton, High Sheriff of Durham (1503-1516) and High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1517; and his son, Sir John Bulmer...
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bullmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bullmore migration to the United States

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 Bullmore arrived in North America very early:

Bullmore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Bullmore, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Lionel Bullmore, aged 21, who immigrated to America, in 1923
  • Edward Bullmore, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Bullmore (post 1700)

  • Amelia Bullmore (b. 1964), English actress and writer from London
  • Mrs. Bullmore (d. 2011), eponym of the Mrs Bullmore School, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Herbert Henry Bullmore (1874-1937), Australian-born, Scottish rugby union player
  • William Lewis Bullmore (1912-1972), Canadian politician in Manitoba, Canada

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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