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The Bulmer family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a keeper of bull calves. This surname may also refer to an exuberant young man

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The surname Bulmer 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]

Bulmer has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Bullmer, Bilmer, Bulmar, Bulmore, Bulmer and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bulmer research. Another 237 words (17 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 Bulmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bulmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bulmers to arrive on North American shores:

Bulmer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Benis Bulmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Bulmer, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Thomas Bulmer settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Bevis Bulmer, who arrived in Virginia in 1638

Bulmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Bulmer, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Frank Bulmer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Bulmer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Bulmer who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774 with his wife and three sons
  • George Bulmer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Grace Bulmer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • James Bulmer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Jean Bulmer, aged 46, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774


Bulmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Bulmer, aged 22, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

Bulmer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Peter Bulmer arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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  • William Bulmer (1757-1830), English printer and typographer, known for his eponymous type face
  • John Bulmer (b. 1938), English photographer, grandson of Percy Bulmer
  • Henry Percival "Percy" Bulmer, English founder of H.P. Bulmer, a cider-making company founded in 1887
  • John Robert Leopold Bulmer (1867-1917), English first-class cricketer
  • Gerald Bulmer (b. 1920), English Rector of Liverpool Polytechnic
  • Ralph Bulmer (1928-1988), New Zealand ethnobiologist
  • Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1921-2005), British author of science fiction, known for his many "cycle" series
  • Captain Roscoe Carlyle Bulmer (1874-1919), American officer in the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Bulmer (DD-222/AG-86), a Clemson-class destroyer
  • James Esmond Bulmer (b. 1935), British politician, Member of Parliament for Kidderminster (19741983) and for Wyre Forest (19831987)


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  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.

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Bulmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bulmer 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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