Blue Knight Bolles Coat of Arms

The BOLLES Family Coat of Arms

As extracted from writings of James Edward Bolles #2853 (1926- ), Amanuel Joseph Bolles #2416 (1896-AFT 1970) and George E. Williams (1900-1998) author of "A GENEALOGY of the Descendants of JOSEPH BOLLES of Wells, Maine".

It is felt that the main features of the Bolles Coat of Arms, the Boars Heads and the Bowls, may have two meanings:

Boars Heads

1. The Boars Head could indicate the original Bolles family seat Bolle Hall of "Swineshead" near the head of the Swyne River, Lincolnshire, England near Bicker.

2. They also could stand for the character of the Bolles men of the time. A boar was considered to be the most courageous and ferocious animal in England. It would continue to charge until killed, thus relating to the family motto "Again and yet again"


1. The standing bowl was referred to as a Boldus, and the "Keeper of the Bowl" answered only to the owner of the Castle. All feasts began only when the "Keeper of the Bowl" put the large boldus or standing bowl on the great table before the master of the castle.

2. It is more likely that the name comes from a geographic location of the family. This could have been a bole or hill. Hill locations were desired for defensive and flood resistant sites for villages, Thus, our first traceable ancestor Alaine Bole/Bolle ca 1216 could have been known as "Alaine of the Hill". Another possible derivation could be the "Bole" or trunk of a tree denoting the strength of the Bolles character or the shape of their body. A predominant physical characteristic of many early and present day Bolles is their broad shoulders.


The device that tops some Bolles arms, called a crest, has a Boar that has been wounded in the chest by a lance or arrow with three (3) drops of blood coming from the wound. There are also three (3) Boars heads. At Scampton, Lincolnshire, England there is an impressive Jacobean Arch which was the entrance to the now nonexistent Bolles Manor House. The owner, Sir John Bolles, apparently elected not to have the Bolles coat of arms placed on the gate. Interestingly, however, there are six (6) different clusters each containing three (3) drops of blood. Heresay has it (not proven) that it stands for three (3) Bolles, a father and two sons who died in the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066 between Harold II, Saxon King of England and an invasion force led by William, Duke of Normandy, afterward William I the Conquer. The drops always consist of one (1) large drop and two (2) smaller drops thus indicative of a father and two (2) sons.

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