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About the study

The Boleat family has its origins in Brittany, between the towns of Lannion and Morlaix.  Until the mid 19th Century the family were almost entirely agricultural workers and had seldom moved significantly from their birthplaces.

In the mid to late 1870s two brothers moved to Jersey and today about 50 Boleats are descended from them, most in Jersey but a handful in Britain and Australia.

In addition a separate family with about 50 Boleats existed in the Rhône-Alpes, around Bourg-en-Bresse, between 1550 and 1730, but it is not thought that this is any connection between this family and the family originating in Brittany.

Variant names

The French records occasionally record the name as Bolleat or Le Boleat.

There are a number of variations in the Rhône-Alpes records, to the extent that it is not always clear if it is the same family.

Name origin

Around the communes of Plufur, Lanvellec and Plouaret in Brittany.

Name frequency

For the Brittany family only -

1700      about 35

1800      40-50

1900      About 40 in France and 10 in Jersey

2015      About 350, half in Brittany, 30% in the rest of France, 15% in Jersey and the rest in the UK, Australia and a few other countries.


The Boleats belong to the J2 Haplogroup


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