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

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


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.

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]


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.


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


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


  • 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)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. 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.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 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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