Bulwar is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bulwar family lived in Norfolk
where they were established since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Bulwar family
The surname Bulwar was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Wood Dalling. the first Lord being that of Torold de Dalling. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, the family name claims direct descendency from Peter de Valognes, a Norman Baron
with many vassals, who held as an under-tenant from William de Warenne, the latter, from whom the Dukes of Warwick are descended.
Early History of the Bulwar family
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Bulwar Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bulwer, Bulwere, Bulwar, Bullwer, Bullwar and others.
Early Notables of the Bulwar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bulwar family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bulwar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joshua Bulwar, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
The Bulwar 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: Adversis Major
Motto Translation: Greater than adversity.