Origin, Meaning, Family History and Bolton Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Bolton Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
This popular Anglo-Saxon last name developed as a habitational surname denoting a person who was from any of numerous places in England and Scotland named Bolton, particularly Bolton in Lancashire, England, deriving from the Old English word boðl meaning “dwelling” or “house” or “hall” and tun meaning “enclosure” and “settlement”. Other villages, parishes, and chapelries named Bolton were located in West Riding of Yorkshire, Cumbria, Northumberland, Westmorland, and East Lothian. The Domesday Book of 1086 AD, a survey of England and Wales ordered by William the Conqueror, spells the locations as Bodeltun and Bodeltone. One author, William Arthur, in his 1857 book An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names, states the name means “the round hill” or “the abrupt, steep, round hill”. Still other derive the name from the Old English words boga and land, meaning an area characterized by bends in the land.
The name became fairly numerous in Ireland during the 1600s. In his 1964 book Supplement to Irish Families by Edward MacLysaght, states the following in regarding to this surname: “It appears frequently in the first half of that century and is still most numerous in Counties Antrim and Derry, though found in all the provinces with a fair number in Dublin. Members of these unrelated families have held many prominent positions since Sir Richard Bolton was Solicitor-General In 1619. No less than 57 Boltons are in the register of students of Dublin University from 1611 to 1844 and it is worthy of note that only ten per cent of these were from Ulster. De Burgh in his Landowners of Ireland (1878) names fifteen with extensive estates in thirteen counties, only one in Ulster (Cavan)”.
In his 1848 book titled A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis states the following about this family name: “Harrock Hall, the seat of the Boulton family, was purchased in 1839 from the Rigbys, of whom, in 1567, it had already been the residence for four generations: the house, around which are 420 acres, has been restored by the present possessor”.
Surname Spelling variants
Spelling or names with similar etymologies include Boulton, Boultone, and Boalton.
Bolton Family Mottoes
I have identified eight Bolton family mottoes:
1) Vi et virtute (By strength and valour)
2) Industria et virtute (By industry and virtue)
3) Dux vitae ratio (Reason is the guide of life)
4) Faire son devoir (Do your homework)
5) Mens conscia recti (A mind aware of what is right)
6) Aimez loyaulte (Love loyalty)
7) Aspiro (I aspire)
8) La mort me suit (Death follows me*)
*An allusion the bolts, or arrows, in the arms and crest of the family
Early Bearers of the Bolton Surname
William Boulton was born c. 1175 AD in Boulton, Yorkshire, England. His son, William Bolton or de Boulton, was born in Harewood, Yorkshire, England in 1196 AD. He married Emma Ruffus and had a daughter with her named Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born in the same town in 1222 AD. She married William Gasciogne V in 1248 AD, and had a son with him named William VI.
Robert de Boultron was recorded in the Early Yorkshire Charters in 1191 AD. Thomas de Bolton was recorded in Warwickshire, England in 1262 AD. The Hundred Rolls of 1273 AD, a census of Wales and England, known in Latin as Rotuli Hundredorum lists two bearers of this surname: Michael de Boulton (Yorkshire) and Thomas de Boulton (Lincolnshire). Adam de Boultone was reeve of Dunfres, Scotland in 1287 AD. The Placita de Quo Warranto documents Ricard de Boulton in Northumberland c. 1292. William fitz Geffray de Boiultone del counte de Edeneburk was documented in 1296 AD. John of Boulton was a mason at the Castle of Linlithgow in Sotland in 1302 AD. Robert Bolton was documented in Lancashire in 1371 AD. The Poll Tax Rolls of Yorkshire in 1379 AD also lists one bearer: Agnes de Bolton.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Bolton ranks 994th popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following four states: Mississippi (361st), Tennessee (474th), Georgia (477th), and Alabama (569th).
The surname Bolton frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (355th), Scotland (879th), Wales (428th), Ireland (872nd) and Northern Ireland (807th). In England, it ranks highest in Lancashire and East Riding of Yorkshire. In Scotland, the surname ranks highest in Scottish Borders. In Ireland, it ranks highest in Leinster. In Wales, it ranks highest in Denbighshire.
The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world: Canada (1,083rd), New Zealand (), Australia (589th), and South Africa (3,124th).
In his 1890 book, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, Henry Brougham Guppy, states the following in regard to this last name: “The Lancashire Boltons derive their name from parishes of the name in the county”.
Bolton Family Tree & Bolton Genealogy
Bolton of Bective Abbey
The genealogy of this branch of the Bolton family tree begins with John Bolton, of Great Fenton, county Stafford, England, the son of Sir Edward Bolton, Knight of Lancashire, and Margaret Ash. He was born c. 1525 AD. John had a son named Richard. This son, Sir Richard Bolton, Knight, settled in Ireland during the late sixteenth century. He was Recorder of Dublin in 1607 and Solicitor General in 1618. He was appointed Chief Baron of the Exchequer, received the honor of knighthood, and was made a Member of the Privy Council. In 1635, King Charles I granted him the lands of Tullydonnell in county Leath, Ireland. In 1639, he became Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and received a grant of land in the parish of Bective, county Meath. Richard married Frances, daughter of Richard Walter of Stafford, with whom he had eight issue as follows: 1) Sir Edward (heir), 2) Thomas (ancestor of Bolton of Tullydonnell, discussed in the next section), 3) John (married Bridget, daughter of Hugh Shakerley of Somerford, had a son named Edward and a daughter named Bridget), 4) James, 5) Carroll (had a John, Mary, Anne, Dorothy, and Hill), 6) Benjamin, 7) Anne (married Colonel Arthur Hill, Member of Parliament, had three sons named Moyses, Edward, and Francis), and 8) Mary (married Patrick Nangle, Baron of Navan, and secondly, Edward Bermingham). Richard died in 1648. He bequeathed the lands of Tullydonnell to his second son. His heir was his second son, Sir Edward Bolton of Brazell, county Dublin. Sir Edward was Solicitor General in 1622, Chief Baron of the Exchequer in 1640, and Protector in 1651. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Serjeant Ayloffe, and had two issue: Nicholas (his heir) and Edward (of Clounesk, Queen’s County). He was succeeded by his son, Nicholas Bolton, Esquire of Brazeel. In 1649, Nicholas married Anne, daughter of Nicholas Loftus of Fethard, and had issue as follows: Edward (of Brazeel, died without posterity in 1705), Richard (successor to his brother), Isabella (married Sir Mark Rainsford), Frances (married John Madden of Dublin and Manor Waterhouse), and Margaret (married Theophilus Jones of Bealanmore and secondly John Edkins of Roper’s Rest). Nicholas died in 1692. His second son, Richard Bolton, was an Esquire of Brazeel. He married Anne Catherine, daughter of Stein Bill of Copenhagen, and died in 1721, whereupon he was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward. Edward Bolton, Esquire of Brazeel, was a Member of Parliament for Swords, born in 1695. He married Letitia, daughter of Robert Viscount Molesworth, and had issue with her as follows: Letita (married Reverend Gustavus Hamilton), Anna Maria (married Captain Archibald Grant), two other unnamed daughters, Robert (his heir), Theophilus, Richard, and Edward. The eldest son, Robert Bolton, Esquire of Brazeel, in 1754, married Elizabeth, daughter of John Blennerhasset of county Kerry, and had two sons with her: Edward and Robert Compton (married Elizabeth, daughter of Jas. Massy-Dawson of Ballynacourte, had issue Robert and John). He died in 1798 and was succeeded by his son Edward. This son Edward was an Esquire of Brazeel, who served in the Royal Horse Guards, and married Ms. McDonnell and had a son with her named Robert Charles (married Charlotte, daughter of Joseph Neynoe, had sons Richard and Robert). He later married Frances, daughter of Joseph Neynoe, and had three issue: William Edward, Richard Nassau, and Ellen (married John Wilson Esq.). He died in 1809 and was succeeded by his grandson, Richard. Richard Bolton was an Esquire of Bective Abbey, county Meath, Ireland was a Justice of the Peace who married Frances, daughter of George Bomford of Rahinstown, and sister and co-heir of Robert George Bomford, Esq. He died in 1868 and was succeeded by his widow. The branch of the Bolton family tree bore the following coat of arms blazoned in the Medieval art of heraldry as follows: Or, on a chevron gules three lions couchant of the field. Crests: A hawk belled argent.
Bolton of Tullydonnell
This branch of the family related to Bolton of Bective Abbey. Its genealogy or lineage begins with Thomas Bolton, Esquire of Tullydonnell, county Louth, Ireland, son of Sir Richard Bolton. In around the year 1676, Thomas married and had two sons: 1) Reverend Theophilus (born at Burris-Hoole, county Mayo, became Archbishop of Cashel) and 2) Thomas. The younger son, Thomas Bolton, was an Esquire of Knock, county Louth, Sheriff of Dublin, and Lord Mayor born in 1701. In 1716, he married Sydney, daughter of Colonel Chichester Fortescue, of Dromisken, county Louth, and had issue with her as follows: 1) Thomas (of Knock, married Alice, had a son named Theophiluis and a daughter named Sydney who became heiress of Knock and married George Clive Esq. and had issue with him), 2) Chichester (of Stephen’s Green, Dublin, in 1768, married Anne, daughter of Reverend Rowley Hall of Killyleagh), 3) Richard (discussed below), and 4) Sidney (married Theophilus Shaw, Esq., had a daughter named Sidney who married David Jones, Esq. of Beauparc and Bensford, had issue including a daughter named Mary Anne). The third son, Richard Bolton, was born c. 1710 and married Mary, daughter of John Page Esq., and had three sons with her: Theophilus, Chichester, and John. He died in 1779 and was succeeded by his third son, John. John Bolton, Esquire of Maine, Castle Bellingham, and Tullydonnell, county Louth, Ireland, was a Captain in the 5th Royal Irish Dragoons born in 1753. In around 1783, he married Mary Anne, daughter of David Jones, Esq. of Beau Parc, and had eight children with her as follows: 1) Theophilus (his successor, discussed below), 2) John Henry (successor to his brother) 3) Chichester Francis (successor to his brother), 4) Maryanne (married J. Marton Esq., had issue), 5) Sidney-Mary (married Frederick Jones Esq. and later Captain Richard Crookshank), 6) Elizabeth (married Edward Mayne Esq. and Captain in the 95th Regiment), 7) Frances Ann (married George Jones French Esq.), and 8) Harriet (married Francis Charles Annesely in 1839, a Baron of the German Empire). He died in 1813 and was succeeded by his eldest son Theophilus. Theophilus Bolton, Esquire of Tullydonnell, was born in 1795 and became Captain in the Battleaxe Guards. He died without posterity and was succeeded by his brother John Henry. John Henry was born in 1799 and was Lieutenant of the 45th Regiment. He died without posterity and was succeeded by his brother, Chichester. Chichester Bolton was an Esquire of Tullydonnell and Barrister-at-Law, born 1804. He married Harriet, daughter of Reverend Henry Stewart of Armagh, and had issue with her as follows: Theophilus, Edward Chicester, Henry Richard, Harriet Augusta (married Herbert Dawson Slade, Lieutenant Colonel of the King’s Dragoon Guards), Emily Charlotte (married John C. Dean, Esquire), and Sophia Frances. The eldest son, Theophilus, was born in 1831 and was a Captain in the 40th and 22nd Regiments. He died without posterity in 1870 and was succeeded by his brother, Edward Chichester. Edward Chichester Bolton of Tullydonnell, county Louth, was born in 1834. He became a Captain in the Royal Artillery. The Bolton family crest for this branch of the family is blazoned as follows: Or, on a chevron gules three lions couchant of the first. Crest: A hawk belled argent.
Bolton of Nenagh
The lineage or genealogy of this family begins with John Bolton, who married Anne, daughter of George Whitehead Esq., and had a daughter with her named Sarah and a son named George. George Bolton, Esquire, married, in 1782, Katharine, daughter of John Standish Esq., and had issue with her as follows: 1) John (heir), 2) George (married Ann, daughter of Robert White of Scotchrath, had issue), 3) Robert, 4) William, 5) Frances (married John Colclough Esq.), 6) Ann (married John Meredyth, Esq.), 7) Ellen (married John Honner, Esq.), 8) Charlotte (married John Onions Esq.). He died in 1837 and was succeeded by his eldest son, John. John Bolton, Esquire of Shrahane, Queen’s County, Ireland, in 1818, married Sarah, daughter of William Cashion Esq., and had issue with her as follows: George (his heir), William Standish (born 1823), Jemima (married Robert White, Esq. of Scotchrath), Kate (married Maunsell Andrews of Rathey House, King’s County, and had two sons), Sarah, and Keziah. He died in 1860 and was succeeded by his son George.George Bolton, Esquire of Nenagh, county Tipperary, and Merrion Square, Dublin, was born in 1818. In 1849, he married Henrietta Anna, daughter of Rowan P. Cashley, and he later married Sophia, daughter of John Hardy, Esq. He had three issue by his first marriage: John Frederick (1850), Rowan Cashel (1855), and Georgina Anna.
Bolton of Mount Bolton
Captain William Bolton was the founder of this family. He was an officer of dragoons in the Protector’s army and stormed Fatlock Castle in 1649. He obtained a grand of land in county Waterford in 1667. He also became mayor of Waterford in 1662. He married Abigail, daughter of Colonel Prittie, and had several children. The eldest son was named Cornelius, a Captain in Colonel Collingwood’s Regiment, from whom William Edward Bolton Esq. (officer in the 18th Hussars) descended. Captain William’s brother, Thomas Bolton, Esquire served in Fleetwood’s regiment and was mayor of Waterford in 1671. He had issue, the eldest of which was Thomas. This son, Thomas Bolton, was born in 1654 and was appointed Recorded of Waterford. He had a son named William. William Bolton was an Esquire of Fatlock Castle and a Captain in Colonel Edward May’s troop of dragoons. He had children. He died in 1750 and was succeeded by his son, John. John Bolton Esquire of Fatlock Castle and Mount Bolton, in 1745, married Anne Shaw of Snowhaven, and had issue with her as follows: 1) Charles (his heir), 2) Sir Robert (Lieutenant General, of Sweriod Park, Oxfordshire, was Aide-deCamp to King George III), and 3) Hannah (married Maunsell Bowers Esq. of Mount Prospect, had three sons and six daughters). The son and heir, Charles Bolton, Esq. was born in 1759. He first married Jane, daughter of John Doyle, Archdeacon of Kilmacduagh, and had one son with her: John (his heir). Charles latter married Ellen, daughter of Harry Wallis of Drishane Castle, and had issue with her as follows: 4) Henry (Vicar of Dysart, Enos, and Kilteale, married Frances Newport, had issue named Charles Newport, Robert Wallis, Jane Wallis) and 5) Elizabeth (married Sir Simon Newport, Knight of Waterford). Charles was succeeded by his eldest son, John Bolton. John was an Esquire of Mount Bolton born in 1783. He married Eliza, daughter of Maunsell Bowers) and died in 1807. He was succeeded by his son, also named John. This son, John Bolton, Esq. of Mount Bolton was born in 1807. He was a Major of the 7th Dragoon guards. He passed away suddenly in 1841 while in London, England. He was succeeded by his sister, Jane Bolton of Mount Bolton, county Waterford. The Bolton family crest is blazoned as follows in heraldry: Argent, on a chevron gules three lions passant guardant or. Crest: A buck’s head erased argent, attired or, and pierced through the nose with an arrow of the second. Mottoes: Vies et virtute and La mort me suit, over the crest.
Bolton of The Island
The lineage of Bolton genealogy traces back to Richard Bolton of Ballyduff, county Wexford, Ireland. He had a son named Richard. Richard Bolton was of Ballyfuff and Cold Harbour. He married Ann Roberts and had issue with her as follows: 1) Richard (had sons Richard and Edward, grandsons Robert, Richard, Henry, Edward, John, and William), 2) John (of Island), 3) William (discussed below), 4) Benjamin, 5) Abraham (of Ballinvally, married Anne Eyres, had a son named Henry of Monamolin, granddaughter named Isabella), 6) Hugh, 7) Henry (married and had children), 8) Edward, 9) Elizabeth (married William Perceval of Ballytrammon), 10) Mary, and 11) Diana. He died in 1730. His third son, William Bolton inherited Island under the will of his brother John. William married Ms. Lyndon and had issue with her as follows: 1) William (his successor) and 2) Lyndon (of Dublin, married Jane Carpenter, had four daughters and sons named Richard, Reverend Lyndon Henry, Abraham, and William Gordon). The eldest son, William, was Esquire of the Island and High Sheriff of Wexford, Ireland in 1789. In 1780, he married Dorothea, daughter of Sir John Blunden, Baronet, and had issue with her as follows: 1) William (heir), 2) Philip (of Holly Lodge, Rahmines, county Dublin, Major in the army), 3) Overtington, 4) John (of Ballynapierce), 5) Anne (married Alexander Tovey Esq. 20th Regiment), 6) Lucy (married David Ledwith, M. D.), and 7) Dorothea (married Richard Ledwith, Esq.). The eldest son, William, was an Esquire of the Island and High Sheriff. He married Jane, daughter of Joshua Nunn Esq. of St. Margaret’s, having a son and heir named William. This William Bolton was an Esquire of The Island, Justice of the Peace, and High Sheriff born in 1815. In 1843, he married Susan, daughter of Montifort Westropp Esq. of Limerick, and had three children with her: William (married Ann Douglas, daughter of John Rowe of Ballycross in 1872, had issue), Mountifort, and Jane (married William Henry West Esq. of Farmley). The family was seated at The Island, Oulart, Gorey.
Bolton of Castle Ring
The pedigree of this family begins with John Bolton, of Great Fenton, Staffordshire, England, son of Roger Bolton, who desceded from the Boltons of Bolton, Lancashire. John married Margaret, daughter of Richard Ashe of Ashe, and had a son with her named Richard.
This son, Sir Richard Bolton, Knight, of Courtduff, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, married his first wife, Frances, daughter of Richard Walter of Stafford, and had issue with her as follows: 1) Sir Edward (Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, from whom descended the Boltons of Bective Abbey), 2) Richard, 3) John, 4) Thomas (discussed below), 5) Anne (married Arthur Hill, Member of Parliament for Hillsborough, had issue), and 6) Mary (married Patrick Nangle of Navan and later Edward Bermingham). Richard married his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Patrick Barnewall, Knight of Turvey.
He was succeeded by his son, Thomas. This son, Thomas Bolton of Knock, married Alice Knilton, and had a son with her named Nicholas. Nicholas Bolton of Knock, county Louth, married Anne, daughter of Anthony Buckworth of Drogmore and Sarah Bermingham, and had issue with her as follows: Thomas (ancestor of the Boltons of Tullydonnell), Anthony, and Theophilus (Archbishop of Cashel). The second son, Anthony Bolton, of Grange, county Louth, married Martha Sheldon and had a son with her named Charles. Charles Bolton of Castle Rigg, married his cousin Sidney, the daughter of Richard Bolton of Dromiskin, and had a son with her named Richard. This son, Richard Bolton of Castle Rigg, was born in 1772. In 1808, he married Marianne, daughter of Gibbons Ruxton of Blackcaster and Ardee and had three sons with her as follows: 1) Charles (Major of Ulimbah, Newcastle, New South Wales, had a daughter named Sidney Elizabeth), 2) John, and 3) Richard. The third son, Richard Bolton of Castle Rigg and Donaghmoyne, was born in 1811. He was a Justice of the Peace. In 1853, he married Mary Sophia Ward, daughter of Reverend Cornelius Marshall, and had issue with her as follows: 1) John Marshall (discussed below), 2) Archer Clive (Major of Northants Regiment), 3) Richard (married Clare Barrett), 4) Anna Sophia (married Richard Baillie Henry of Rathneston), 5) Sidney, 6) Margaret Cornelia, 7) Elizabeth Gason Ruxton (married Reverend Hugh Massy), and 8) Josephine Florinda (married Reverend Charles Francis Bosvile Tottenham). John Marshall Bolton, of Castle Ring, county Louth, and Donaghmoyne, county Monaghan, was a Justice of the Peace, High Sheriff, and graduate of Trinity College Dublin, was born in 1858. In 1895, he married Florinda Julia, daughter of Reverend James Robert Ffolliott, Rector of Moira, and Julia, daughter of Charles Warner Hovenden of Ballylehane. The Bolton coat of arms is blazoned as follows in the medieval art of heraldry: Or, on a chevron gules three lions couchant of the field. Crest: A hawk proper belled or. This family was seated at Castle Ring, Louth, and Donaghmoyne, Carrickmacross, county Monaghan, Ireland.
The lineage of this family traces back to Joseph Bolton of Wilmslow, Cheshire, England, an officer in the Hanoverian Legion. His son, Joseph Cheney Bolton of Carbrook, Stirlingshire, was born in 1819. In 1850, Joseph married Emma, daughter of Samuel Higginbotham, and had issue with her, including a son named Edwin, born in 1858. Sir Edwin was Convenor of Stirlingshire and Vice Lieutenant. He was a Lieutenant of the Scots Greys. Sir Edwin was created a Baronet in 1927. In 1888, he married Elinor Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John H.N. Graham, 1st Baronet of Larbert, and had issue as follows: 1) Sir Ian Frederick Cheney, 2) Edwin Graham, 3) Mona Graham, and 4) Florence Marjorie (married Alexander Fleming Campbell). He died was succeeded by his son Ian in 1931. Sir Ian Frederick Cheney Bolton, 2nd Baronet, of West Plean, county Stirling, was born in 1889. He was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and Captain of the 3rd Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who served in World War I. The Bolton “family crest” is blazoned as follows: Argent, a falcon close sable, armed, jessed, and belled or, on a chief engrailed of the second three besants. Crest: A falcon as in the arms. Motto: Industria et Virute. They were seated at West Plean, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Bolton from Yorkshire to American Colonies
Thomas Bolton was born in England c. 1635. His son Thomas was born in Skipton’s Bishop, Yorkshire, England c. 1655. He went to colonial America. He married twice (Margaret and Mary) and had two sons: John and Thomas. His son John Bolton was born in Sherburne in Elmet, North Yorkshire, England in 1677. He married Elizabeth Dunlap and had issue with her as follows: John, Elizabeth, Robert, Richard, Samuel, and William. Three of his sons are discussed as follows:
1) John Bolton was born in Virginia c. 1700. He married Elizabeth Vane and had a son with her named Thomas.
2) Robert Bolton was born in Virginia in 1706. He married Mary, daughter of Matthew Hubbard, and had issue with her as follows: Rebecca A., Thomas Sr., Matthew P., Mary Anne, James, Robert, Robert II, Elizabeth, Ann, and John.
3) William Bolton was born in Virginia in 1712. He married Elizabeth Town and had two children with her: Martha and William.
Marriages of Boltons
1) William Bolton married Elizabeth Sc(????)les in Cheshire, England in December 1615
2) Hugh Bolton married Mary (surname not known) in Audlem, Cheshire, England in November 1656
3) Robert Bolton married Elizabeth Parker in Bolton, Lancaster in July 1677
4) James Bolton married Margery Prescot in Billinge, Lancaster, Chester, England in July 1685
5) William Bolton married Ann Finch in Wigan, Dublin, Ireland in May 1735
6) Mary Boulton married William Binney in Detroit, Michigan in 1910
7) Dr. Elias Bolton married Philena Flagg in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts in May 1783
8) Timothy Bolton married Syblin Bennet in Shirley, Middlesex, Massachusetts in May 1778
9) Solomon Bolton married Elizabeth Pratt in Middlesborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts in July 1782
10) Edmund W. Boulton married Annie Pickering in Cuyahoga, Ohio in July 1878
11) Abigail Boulton married Joseph Jr. Chaplin in Uxbridge, Worcester, MA in July 1769
12) Edward John Bolton, Esquire, married Adelaide Elizabeth French in Cork, Ireland in January 1867
Early American and New World Settlers
Some of the earliest settlers in colonial America bearing this name include:
1) Richard Bolton came to Virginia in 1610
2) Francis Bolton came to Virginia in 1621
3) Ann Bolton came to Virginia in 1634
4) Jane Bolton came to Virginia in 1635
5) Thomas Bolton, age 18, came to Virginia aboard the Bonaventure in 1634
6) William Bolton came to Virginia in 1651
7) John Bolton came to Maryland in 1652
8) Gabriel Bolton came to Virginia in 1657
9) Richard Bolton came to Maryland in 1659
10) John Bolton came to Virginia in 1662
11) John Bolton came to Maryland in 1662
12) Thomas Bolton came to Virginia in 1664
13) John Bolton came to Maryland in 1665
14) James Bolton came to Maryland in 1665
15) Thomas Bolton came to Virginia in 1666
16) John Bolton came to Maryland in 1668
17) John Bolton came to Maryland in 1671
18) William Bolton came to Maryland in 1671
19) George Bolton came to Maryland in 1673
20) Philip Bolton came to Virginia in 1673
Several thousand members of the Bolton family came to the United States through Ellis Island, during the nineteenth century, including:
1) Norman Bolton came from Toronto, Canada aboard the Lucania in 1906
2) Beatrice B. Bolton came from Nottingham, England aboard the Teutonic in 1893
3) Arthur Bolton came aboard the New York in 1895
4) George Bolton came from Shipley aboard the Teutonic in 1905
5) John Bolton came from Farnsworth, England aboard the Baltic in 1906
6) T. Bolton came from Liverpool, England aboard the Teutonic in 1893
7) Mary Bolton came from Bolton, England aboard the Caronia in 1910
8) H.W. Bolton came aboard the Paris in 1893
9) Frederick Bolton came from London, England aboard the Baltic in 1916
10) Foster Bolton came from Peru aboard the Colon in 1917
11) Albert Edward Bolton came from Yeadon, England aboard the Carmania in 1910
12) Eleanor Bolton came to Halifax, England aboard the Orduna in 1916
Some of the earliest settlers in Canada bearing this name include:
1) Richard Bolton came in 1796 or 1797
2) Sarah Bolton, age 25, came in 1838
3) Mr. Bolton and his son came to Quebec in 1814
4) John Bolton came to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1815
5) Alexander Bolton came in 1817
6) Henry Bolton came in 1817
7) Oliver Bolton came in 1817
8) James Bolton came in 1824
Some of the earliest settlers in Australia bearing this name include:
1) William Bolton came from Staffordshire, England to New South Wales aboard the Asia in 1822
2) William Bolton came from Sussex, England to New South Wales aboard the Asia in 1824
3) Daniel Bolton, age 30, came to South Australia aboard the Emily in 1849
4) William Bolton, age 36 came to South Australia aboard the Sultana in 1850
5) Mary Bolton came to Adelaide aboard the Amity Hall in 1850
6) Thomas Bolton, age 27, came to Victoria in 1854
7) John Bolton, age 42, came to Melbourne in 1855
8) Ralph Bolton, age 33, came to Victoria in 1862
Some of the earliest settlers in New Zealand bearing this name include:
1) Edward Bolton came to Wellington in 1839
2) James Bolton, age 23, came to Wellington aboard the Martha Ridgeway in 1840
3) Frederick William Bolton, along with his wife Elizabeth, and daughter Jane, came to Port Nicholson aboard the Lady Nugent in 1841
4) Frederick Bolton, age 24, came to Nelson aboard the Lady Nugent in 1849
5) Thomas E. Bolton, a shoemaker by trade, came from Oxfordshire, England to Canterbury aboard the Mermaid in 1864
6) George Bolton, a fitter by trade, came from Cambridgeshire, England to Canterubry aboard the Ballochmyle in 1874
Grantees of Arms
1) John Bolton of Bolton Hill, county Pembroke, 5 July 1555, by Sir. G. Dethick
2) Thomas Bolton of Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, Esq., descended from Bolton of Bolton, county Lancashire, quarterly, 26 August 1615, by Camden
3) William Bolton, Prior St. Bartholomew, West Smithfield, juxta London, 22 May 1529, by Benolte
4) Bolton, of Coddeham and Hollesley, county Suffolk, 180(?)
5) Captain Bolton, son of Colonel C.B., of Sligo, 1840s
6) Henry Hargreaves Bolton, Justice of the Peace, of Newchurch-in-Rossendale, county Lancaster, 18(??)
7) Mary Katherine (Lady Thurlow), eldest daughter of Sir Richard Bolton of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, county Middlesex, 181(?)
There are hundreds of notable people with the Bolton surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include:
1) Elmer Keiser Bolton (1886-1968) who was an American researcher and chemist, director for DuPont, known for his role in developing neoprene, born in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2) John Bolton was a businessman from New Brunswick (born in England IN 1824) who was a member of the 1st Canadian Parliament0
3) Sir John Bolton (1901-1980) is a Manx (Isle of Man) politician who played a prominent role in Tynwald.
4) George Washington Bolton (1841-1931) who was an American banker, merchant, and politican who served as the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1892-1896, born in DeKalb County, Georgia
5) Mary Catherine Bolton (1790-1830) was a notable English actress, best remember for playing Ophelia in Hamlet, and she married Edward Hovell-Thurlow, 2nd Baron Thurlow, in 1813.
6) Michael Bolton (1953), whose real last name is Bolotin, is an American singer songwriter born in New Haven, Connecticut known for his pop rock ballads
7) Captain Sir William Bolton (1777-1830) who was a post-captain of the Royal Navy who served under Admiral Nelson during the French Revolutionary Wars, and he served in the Napoleonic Wars and War of 1812
8) Henry David Bolton (1963) is a British politician, who served as Leader of the UK Independence from 2017-2018, born in Nairobi, Kenya, served in the Royal Hussars from 1979-1990
9) Clint Brian Bolton (1975) was an Australian soccer (football) goalkeeper who played from 1993 to 2013 for seven different teams including the Brisbane Strikers, Sydney Olympics, and Melbourne Heart
10) Elsie Elizabeth McLundie Bolton (1917-1987) was a civic and cultural leader in Alexandria, Louisiana, known for her work on historical preservation of the arts.
Bolton America Civil War Veterans
There were several soldiers with the last name Bolton who served in the American Civil War, including the following:
1) Francis D.V. Bolton of the 60th Regiment Indiana Infantry (Union)
2) John Bolton of the 7th Regiment Iowa Cavalry (Union)
3) Edwin L. Bolton of the 17th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry (Union)
4) Paris E. Bolton of the 147th Regiment New York Infantry (Union)
5) William L. Bolton of the 2nd Regiment Illinois Light Artillery (Union)
6) Daniel Bolton of the 11th Regiment Michigan Infantry (Union)
7) Cyrus Bolton of the 21st Regiment Ohio Infantry (Union)
8) George A. Bolton of the 44th Regiment Alabama Infantry (Confederacy)
9) Ransom K. Bolton of Freeman’s Company, Alabama Prison Guards (Confederacy)
10) T. Benton Bolton of the 10th Regiment Missouri Cavalry (Confederacy)
11) Charles A. Bolton of the 1st Regiment Georgia Infantry (Confederacy)
12) George M. Bolton of the 12th Regiment Louisiana Infantry (Confederacy)
13) Benson Bolton of the 11th Regiment Texas Infantry (Confederacy)
14) John G. Bolton of the 50th Consolidated Regiment Tennessee Infantry (Confederacy)
Bolton America Revolution Veterans
There were several soldiers with the last name Bolton who served in the Revolutionary War, including the following:
1) 2nd Lieutenant Robert Bolton
2) Benjamin Bolton of Virginia
3) George Bolton of New York
4) John Bolton of Massachusetts
5) Lieutenant John Bolton of New York
6) Sergeant John Bolton of New York
7) Private Joseph Bolton of New Jersey
8) Private William Bolton of New Jersey
9) John Bolton of Connecticut
10) Private Mathew Bolton of New York
11) Private William Bolton of Virginia
12) Private William Bolton of New Hampshire
13) Private Yaradriez Bolton of New York
14) Private Philip Bolton of Massachusetts
15) Private Timothy Bolton of Massachusetts
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