Origin of the Name Bolton
The ancient history of the name Bolton
was found in the allfamilycrests.com 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. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century 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 coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bolton descendants.