Bolton Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Bolton Family History

If you are conducting some Bolton family history research then you can view the Bolton coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Bolton surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


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The family history of the ancient name Bolton was found in the archives. Meaning 'of Bolton', this is a locational name from parishes, townships, and chapelries in various Counties, namely, Yorkshire, Cumberland, and Westmorland. Variants include Boltoun, Boulton and Bolten. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Michael de Boulton, Yorkshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in 1273 and an Adam de Boultone who was reeve of Dunfres, Scotland, in 1287.

In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. During the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Ireland was colonized by the English Crown with this period marking the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. This period brought an influx of settlers into the country but, unlike the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century that resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.

In County Clare the variant Balton is sometimes found.The Bolton family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Bolton descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Bolton Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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