Bullock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Bullock surname is derived from the Middle English word "bullok," from the Old English "bulluc," which refer to a "young bull." As a name, it most likely evolved from a nickname for an exuberant young man, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of bullocks. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Bullock family

The surname Bullock was first found in Roxburghshire where one of the earliest records of the name was Adam Bulloc who witnessed an agreement the abbot and the monks of Newbattle c. 1250. A few years later, Richard Bullock was slain at the Battle of Cambok in 1278. [3]

"The name was probably introduced from England, and in the fourteenth century there was 'a family of sailors of the name trading between English and Scottish port.' " [3]

"William Bulloc was attorney for the provost of Haddington, 1329. Another William Bullok, 'an ecclesiastic of obscure birth but great military talent was prominent in the early part of the reign of David 11, but eventually falling under suspicion was confined in a squalid dungeon in Lochindorb Castle to die of cold and hunger in 1346. Robert Bullock, custumar of Aberdeen, 1358-1370 may be the Robert Bullok who witnessed a deed of sale, 1383. " [3]

Balloch Castle was north-east of the village of Kenmore, Perth and Kinross and was built in 1552. In the early 19th century, Balloch Castle was demolished by the Campbells of Breadalbane so that a new much larger castle could be built.

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed a wide variety of spellings and locations: Alan Bulloc, Lincolnshire; Ralph Bullokke, Norfolk; Godwin Bulloc, Suffolk; Richard Bulluc, Oxfordshire; and William Bolloc, Oxfordshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Walterus Bullok as holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Bullock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bullock research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1464, 1444, 1446, 1454, 1464, 1692, 1526, 1521, 1580, 1521, 1690, 1724, 1657, 1740, 1604, 1642, 1604, 1586, 1520, 1590, 1622, 1580, 1641, 1616, 1730, 1777, 1777 and 1931 are included under the topic Early Bullock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bullock Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bullock, Bullocke, Bulloch, Bullok, Bulloc and others.

Early Notables of the Bullock family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Henry Bullock (d. 1526), an English divine, educated at the university of Cambridge. George Bullock (1521?-1580?), was a Catholic divine, born in or about 1521. It has been conjectured that he received his early education at Eton, whence he removed to St. John's College, Cambridge. Christopher Bullock (1690?-1724), was an English actor and dramatist, spoken of in the playbills as Bullock, junior, was the son of William Bullock (1657?-1740?), also an actor. Thomas Bullaker (1604?-1642), was a Franciscan...
Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bullock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bullock Ranking

In the United States, the name Bullock is the 605th most popular surname with an estimated 49,740 people with that name. [5] However, in the United Kingdom, the name Bullock is ranked the 559th most popular surname with an estimated 11,587 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Bullock family to Ireland

Some of the Bullock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bullock migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bullock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Bullock who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Edward Bullock who settled in New England in 1635
  • George Bullock, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Anto Bullock, aged 19, who arrived in Bermuda in 1635 [7]
  • Geo Bullock, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bullock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Bullock, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [7]
  • Edward Bullock, who landed in Virginia in 1722 [7]
  • Ezekiel Bullock, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [7]
  • Margaret Bullock, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [7]
Bullock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J H Bullock, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [7]
  • David Bullock, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [7]
  • Allen C Bullock, who landed in Texas in 1835 [7]
  • William, Bullock Jr., who landed in New York in 1836 [7]
  • James Bullock, who landed in Utah in 1850 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bullock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Harry Bullock, (b. 1879), aged 21, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th April 1900 en route to Red Jacket, Michigan, USA [8]
  • Mr. Bullock, (b. 1881), aged 20, Cornish labourer St. Austell, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Germanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 27th March 1901 en route to New York, USA [8]
  • Mr. Arthur Bullock, (b. 1875), aged 26, Cornish labourer, from St. Austell, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 20th July 1901 en route to Butte, Montana,USA [8]
  • Mr. William J. Bullock, (b. 1857), aged 46, American engineer returning from Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Campania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th March 1903 en route to Niagra Falls, New York, USA [8]
  • Mr. Henry Bullock, (b. 1879), aged 24, Cornish miner, from St. Dennis, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 14th October 1903 en route to Ramey, Pennsylvania, USA [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bullock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bullock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Bullock, who landed in Canada in 1820

Australia Bullock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bullock Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Bullock, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 20th March 1790, sentenced for 7 years for breaking and entering into the house of Nathaniel Lang, transported Atlantic" on 27th March 1791 to New South Wales, Australia [9]
Bullock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Bullock, (Bunn, Thomas), English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • Henry Bullock, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Mr. Robert Bullock, (b. 1812), aged 20 who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [12]
  • John Bullock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [13]
  • Jane Bullock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [13]
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New Zealand Bullock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bullock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Brooks H. Bullock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Mr. Brooks H Bullock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Stately" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st June 1851 [14]
  • Mr. Joseph Bullock, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 [14]
  • Thomas Bullock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • Thomas Bullock, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
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West Indies Bullock migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [15]
Bullock Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Bullock, aged 29, who landed in Barbados in 1682 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bullock (post 1700) +

  • Jim J. Bullock (b. 1955), American comedian, stage, television and film actor
  • Hiram Law Bullock (1955-2008), American jazz funk and jazz fusion guitarist
  • Theodore Holmes Bullock (1915-2005), American scientist and educator
  • Harvey Bullock (1921-2006), American television and film writer and producer
  • Robert D. "Bob" Bullock (b. 1929), American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Texas (1991-1999)
  • Seth Bullock (1849-1919), Canadian-born, American Western sheriff, hardware store owner and U.S. Marshal
  • Sandra Annette Bullock (b. 1964), American Golden Globe Award and Academy Award winning film actress
  • Wynn Bullock (1902-1975), American photographer
  • Alexander Hamilton Bullock (1816-1882), American politician, Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1859; Governor of Massachusetts, 1866-69 [16]
  • Albert W. Bullock, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fifth Middlesex District, 1923-24 [16]
  • ... (Another 61 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraterville mine
  • Mr. John Bullock Jr., "Bulloock", American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [17]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William F Bullock (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from St Peter Port, Guernsey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Henry W Bullock (b. 1900), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Holborn, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Edward H Bullock (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cross-in-Hand, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. Edwin Francis Bullock (b. 1883), Welsh coal miner from Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died


The Bullock Motto +

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: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: Conscious of no wrong


Suggested Readings for the name Bullock +

  • A Bullock Family History by John Morgan Pierce.

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  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  12. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 8th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/circassian)
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  16. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  17. ^ News paper article Fraterville Mine Disaster retrieved on 6th August 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm).
  18. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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