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About the study

The BULMER One-Name Study commenced in October 2010. The Reasons for beginning what as become a time consuming but enjoyable pastime was a desire to try and resolve some brick walls in my own personal family tree and also to trace back further into the 18th Century. My aim initially is to construct family trees for the 19th century using the census records for the United Kingdom and then to use this data as a starting pointing when consider earlier centuries. This is a world wide project and so this 19th century data will also be useful in considering emigration patterns and the name distribution further afield.

Variant names

Although there are a number of variants such as Balmer, Bulmar, Bullmer, Bullmar, Bullimer, Bolmar, Boulmer, Bowmar, Bowmer which cannot be ignored particularly in 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; at this early stage in the study I have decided to concentrate on collecting data for the traditional BULMER spelling and then only considering the variants once an established study is complete.

Name origin

The BULMER surname is a locative one i.e. it is derived from one or more place names. There are two places in England with the BULMER name; one in Yorkshire the other being in Essex, There is another village in Northumberland called Boulmer which is also a good connection. These villages are in areas of the country where there is a high density of people using the BULMER name. The name BULMER and any of its variants is made up of two unit '€œBul'€ and €œ'mer'€. The first unit relates to the farm animal the bull and the second less easily recognised is identified with the word '€œmere'€ which signifies '€œpool'€ or '€œlake'€.

Distribution of the name

The most populous counties of the United Kingdom are Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland and Lancashire.


All of the BULMER Births, Marriages and Deaths from the General Office for England & Wales between the year 1837 and 1911 have been recorded together with all households with BULMER occupants identified from the England and Wales census from 1841 to 1901. This data together with the family trees identified from the 19th century is available free of charge on my website at


This study is also linked with a DNA study which will be a useful tool when trying to confirm the accuracy of family trees especially in earlier centuries.