Related to the Boulden family:
This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from Bouldon, a hamlet north east of Ludlow in Shropshire. The early forms of the placename differ greatly from the present spelling: it appears as “Balledone” in the Domesday Book of 1086; as “Bullardone” in the 1166 “Red Book of the Exchequer”; and as “Bollardedon” in the Book of Fees for Shropshire, dated 1242, and is originally believed to have been called “bullan dun”, the first element being either the Olde English pre 7th Century “bula”, bullock, or the personal byname “Bulla”, with “dun”, down, hill, mountain. Alternatively, the second element may be the Olde English “denu”, a dene, valley, especially represented by spellings such as “duene” and “done” in placenames of Wiltshire and Hampshire.
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