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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bulmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • George Bulmer, aged 14, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Grace Bulmer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • James Bulmer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
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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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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.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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