The surname of BOWLD was a locational name 'the dweller at the bolt' the small farm. The name was derived from the old Danish word 'bol' and the name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. There is also a township Bold in the parish of Prescott, County Lancashire, from where the surname has sprung. Early records of the name mention Johan de la Bolde, 1273 County Yorkshire. William le Bolde of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Margaret Bold of Upton, was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1572. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Bold, County Lancashire and Upton, Cheshire.
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