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As "de Boelare", the surname dates back to the 11th century,[1] from the name of a town, "Boelare" (now known as "Nederboelare"). Descends from Baldwin de Boelare, who was of a Flemish family and whose surname was variously recorded "de Boulers", "de Boullers", "de Bollers" or "de Bullers" when he came to England, as phonetic variations; this variation appeared later.[2]

Alternatively, from the name of some ancient employment; may be related to buddler.[3]

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  1. A surname​.

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  1. ^ van Trimpont, Marc (1998) , “Het Land en de Baronie van Boelare”, in Geschied – en Heemkundige Kring Gerardimontium (in Dutch), Geraardsbergen, pages 13–17
  2. ^ Bowdler, Ian (accessed 2019) , “Baldwin de Boulers”, in Genealogy and History of the Bowdler Family[1]
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Antony (1860) , “BOWDLER.”, in Patronymica Britannica. A Dictionary of the Family Names of the United Kingdom., London: Smith, John Russell, page 36: “Probably the name of some ancient employment, as Le Boudler occurs in H. R. “To buddle” signifies to cleanse ore. North.”

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