House of Boleyn


Boleyn family

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Noble house
The arms of the Boleyn family, showing three bull’s heads on a white field
CountryKingdom of England
Place of originNorfolk
FounderJohn Boleyn
Final headThomas Boleyn
TitlesMarchioness of PembrokeEarl of WiltshireEarl of OrmondViscount Rochford

The Boleyn family was a prominent English family in the gentry and aristocracy. They reached the peak of their influence during the Tudor period, when Anne Boleyn became the second wife and queen consort of Henry VIII, their daughter being the future Elizabeth I.

Notable members

Members of the family include:

They are direct descendants in an almost entirely male line of the Emperor Charlemagne.

Further reading

  • Julia FoxJane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford
  • Eric Ives, The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn
  • Elizabeth Norton, The Boleyn Women

Family Tree

hidevteBoleyn family Tree
John Boleyn I (relationship to Nicholas unclear)[1]Nicholas Boleyn [1]John Boleyn II [1]
(c. 1300 – c. 1369)Emma [1]Sir John Bracton [1]AgnesThomas Boleyn I [1]
(c. 1350–1411)
Builder of St Peter and St Paul’s, SalleAlice Bracton [1]
(c. 1390–)Geoffrey Boleyn I [1]
(c. 1380 – 1440)
Yeoman of Salle, NorfolkSir Thomas Hoo [1]
(c. 1396 – 1455)
Baron Hoo and HastingsWilliam Boleyn
d. 1481John BoleynThe Very Rev Dr Thomas Boleyn II [1]
(c. 1405 – 1472)
Master of Gonville Hall, CambridgeSir Geoffrey Boleyn II [1]
Lord Mayor of LondonAnne Hoo [1]
(c. 1424 – 1482)Thomas Butler
Earl of Ormond
Thomas Howard
Duke of Norfolk
Sir Thomas Boleyn III [1]
(c. 1442 – 1471)
Lord of Blickling HallSir William Boleyn II [1]
Sheriff of KentNorfolk and SuffolkLady Margaret Butler [1]
(c. 1454 – 1539)Elizabeth HowardSir Thomas Boleyn
Earl of Wiltshire
(c. 1477 – 1539)
1st Earl of Wiltshire and OrmandWilliam Boleyn
(1491–1571)Sir James Boleyn
(1493–1561)Sir Edward Boleyn
b. ca. 1496George Boleyn
Viscount Rochford

(1503/4–1536)Mary BoleynAnne Boleyn [1]
Queen ConsortHenry VIII
King of EnglandElizabeth I
Queen of England
  1. Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Elizabeth Norton, 2013. The Boleyn Women, Amberley Publishing


Coat of Arms & Family Crests Store

Bolin Coat of Arms / Bolin Family CrestBolin Coat of Arms / Bolin Family CrestThis surname of BOLIN was a locational name ‘of Boulogne’ a name brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is also spelt Bollin and Boleyn. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William’s standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own.

Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. Early records of the name mention Thomas Boullen who was recorded in 1273 in County Oxford and William Bolleyn appears in the same document. William Bollen of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Daniel Bollon or Boulen, who registered at the University of Oxford in the year 1621. Baptized. Phebe Bollen, at Canterbury Cathedral, in the year of 1641.

Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Anne Boleyn (1507-36) was the daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, and she became the second wife of Henry VIII, mother of Queen Elizabeth I; she was beheaded on a charge of unfaithfulness. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

The Boleyn Family

The Boleyn family was the most prominent family at court until 1536 where Anne and George Boleyn were executed. Until then, the Boleyns had been the leading fraction in court and supported many politicians and priests such as Thomas Cranmer.

Originally, the Boleyn family was from Norfolk and rose quickly through the hierarchy of the Tudor society. Anne, Mary and George Boleyn was descendants of a London Mayor, a knight and two aristocratic ladies. They were related to the Howard family and one of their ancestors counted Edward I of England – Anne Boleyn was of a higher noble state than Jane Seymour, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
Geoffrey Boleyn rose from being a wool merchant to the Lord Mayor of London and would eventually become wealthy enough to purchase Hever Castle. Thomas Boleyn elevated his status by marrying Elizabeth Howard who were above his station.

Of the Boleyns who were painted or drawn there are (from the left):
Sir Thomas Boleyn (died of unknown causes), George Boleyn (beheaded), Anne Boleyn (beheaded), Mary Boleyn (died of old age) and Elizabeth I (died of old age).

 Besides these five prominent members of the Boleyn family, it is also worth mentioning:

Elizabeth Howard – mother of George, Mary and Anne
Geoffrey Boleyn – elevated from merchant to Lord Mayor and bought Hever Castle
William Boleyn – father of Thomas Boleyn

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