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Bulley Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Bulley Bully Bewley
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How to Participate

Please contact the Study's coordinator Steven Bohlen or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the Bulley surname and the variants of that name, with a focus on Bully, Bewley, and Bullen. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Related Surnames and Surname Variants

  • Bulley
  • Bully
  • Bewley
  • Booley
  • Bolley
  • Bolly
  • Bullen
  • Bullin
  • Bolin
  • Bohlen

Meaning and Origin

The Bulley surname is English in origin and is described in the Dictionary of American Family Surnames, as follows:

  1. Norman habitational name from any of several places in northern France called Bouillé or Bully, from a Gaulish personal name of uncertain form and meaning + the locative suffix -acum.
  2. Habitational name from Bulleigh in Devon or Bulley in Gloucestershire, both named with Old English bula 'bull' + lēah 'woodland clearing'.

Task List

In Progress

  • Complete the England Project's Orphan Trail and join Team Devon.
  • Categorize all Bulley and Bully profiles with the Bulley Name Study tag.
  • Categorize all Bulley and Bully profiles with the appropriate location categories (ex. Devon, Bulley Name Study, Newfoundland, Bulley Name Study, etc.),


  • Adopt all orphaned Bulley & Bully profiles.
  • Create profiles for all Bulley's who have a Wikipedia page and add to the project's Notables list.
  • Build out Bully family of Elizabeth City County (now Hampton), Virginia. (Complete for now; Will need to revisit once Family History Centers are re-opened.)


Category: [[Category:Bulley Name Study]]

Sticker: {{One Name Study|name=Bulley}}

Living members of the Study can place {{Member|ONS|name=Bulley}} on their own profiles.

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