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Boles Family History

Recorded as Bole, Bolle, Boles, Bolles. Bowle, Bowles and others, this very interesting surname can be of English, French or Welsh origins. Firstly it may be locational from Bouelles in the departement of Seine Martime, France. Introduced into England at the Norman Conquest of 1066, the derivation is from 'boelle', meaning an enclosure cleared for agriculture. The recording of one Walter de Bouell in the Hundred Rolls of Hertfordshire in 1275 is from this source. Secondly, it may be Welsh, and formed from the patronymic ab (or ap) Howell, meaning the son of Howell. This fusing has over the centuries created Powell and Bowell, as well as this surname...

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