This surname of BULLION was a locational name 'of Boulogne' a name brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. 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. Early records of the name mention Thomas Boullen who was recorded in 1273 in County Oxford, and William Bolleyn appears in the same document. William Bollen of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Daniel Bollon or Boulen, who registered at the University of Oxford in the year 1621. Baptised. Phebe Bollen, at Canterbury Cathedral, in the year of 1641. 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.
Anne Bullen (1507-36) was the daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, and she became the second wife of Henry V111, mother of Queen Elizabeth 1; she was beheaded on a charge of unfaithfulness.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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