The name Bulwer arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bulwer family lived in Norfolk
where they were established since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Bulwer family
The surname Bulwer 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 Bulwer family
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Bulwer Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bulwer, Bulwere, Bulwar, Bullwer, Bullwar and others.
Early Notables of the Bulwer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bulwer family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bulwer or a variant listed above:
Bulwer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Bulwer, who settled in Mobile County, Ala
- Henry H Bulwer, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bulwer (post 1700)
- Rev. James Bulwer (1794-1879), English collector, naturalist and conchologist, eponym of "Bulwer's Pheasant"
- William Bulwer (1833-1885), English soldier
- Edward Robert Bulwer (1831-1891), English poet
- Edward George Lytton Bulwer (1803-1873), English novelist
- Henry Lytton Bulwer (1801-1872), English diplomatist and author
The Bulwer 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.