Origin of the Name Bullock
The origin of the name Bullock
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'the bull', this name is taken from the fierce disposition of the original bearer. Variants include Bull, Bulle, Bool, Boole, Bullick, Bullman, Bullhead, Bullitt, Bullard and Boe. 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 Geoffrey Bolhard of Wiltshire and a William de Bole of Cambridge who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A William Bule of Ayrshire, Scotland, is recorded as having rendered homage in the year 1296. An Adam Bullhead was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. In old records the form Balloch and Bullochs were used until the middle of the eighteenth century and are included as part of the Clan MacDonald.
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.
The Bullock 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 Bullock descendants.