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How many Boulters are out there?

According to the 1990 U.S. Census, Boulter is the 20,376th most popular last name in the United States. While that certainly doesn't make Boulter a popular name, it's nice to feel somewhat unique in the world as a Boulter.

The First Boulters

(from The Historical Research Center)

The surname is documented as early as the mid-thirteenth century when one Roger le Buleter is recorded in the Chartulary of Oseney Abbey, Oxfordshire, in the year 1246; the same gentleman is noted in subsequent references as Roger le Buletor (1248) and as Roger le Bolter (1253). Another Roger le Boletere was employed at Oriel College, Oxford and appears in records of the College in 1261. One Geoffrey le Bolter is noted in the Hundred Rolls of Berkshire in Huntingdonshire are recorded in the same sources. The surname is known to have arrived in America at an early data; one Thomas Boulter dwelt at Weymouth in 1661 while one Nathaniel Boulter resided at Hampton around 1685. The arms were first awarded in 1720 to Dr. Hugh Boulter, Bishop of Bristol, later Lord Primate of Ireland.

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Famous Boulters

Hugh Boulter (1672-1742)

Hugh wasn't the nicest Boulter ever, especially since he was an archbishop, but he wasn't all bad.

(from the Encyclopeadia Brittainica)

"BOULTER, HUGH (b. Jan. 4, 1672, London--d. Sept. 27, 1742, London) English archbishop of Armagh and virtual ruler of Ireland at the height of the 18th-century Protestant Ascendancy, when Ireland was dominated by members of the established Anglican Church of Ireland.

Boulter was ordained priest in the Anglican Church and in 1719 became chaplain to King George I. In 1724 he reluctantly accepted appointment as archbishop of Armagh and primate of the Church of Ireland.

Appointed lord justice, he became the English government's chief adviser in Ireland.

Boulter based his policies on the conviction that England's interests in Ireland were threatened by the large Roman Catholic majority.

Hence, he made the penal laws against Catholics more stringent (1728); Catholics were deprived of the vote and excluded from the legal profession. He also opposed constitutional independence for Irish Protestants but encouraged the establishment of Protestant schools as vehicles to convert the Irish Catholics. At the same time, he sought wherever possible to replace Irishmen with Englishmen in ecclesiastical and political offices. Nevertheless, he made improvements in agriculture and gained some popularity through his generosity to the poor of Dublin."

Beau Boulter

Beau served in the 100th and 101st Congresses representing the people of the 13th District of Texas. While in Congress, Beau served on the Budget Committee and founded and chaired the Congressional Grace Caucus. While serving in the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1989, he chaired the Congressional Grace Caucus, an organization dedicated to cutting government waste. Today he is a consultant to the Congress, working for lower taxes and limits on the government bureaucracy. While in Congress, Mr. Boulter served on the House Budget Committee and chaired the House Republican Energy Task Force. In the Spring of 1994 Mr. Boulter was a fellow of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University.

Mr. Boulter received his B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an LL.B from Baylor University School of Law.

He is married to his wife, Rosemary.

Other Notable Boulters

Robert Spurgeon Boulter

According to Cristy Boulter, great-granddaughter of Robert, he was county superintendant in Smith County, Texas. He was an honorable and admirable man. In his last term he ran on the platform to abolish his own position because he honestly felt his job was a waste of the taxpayers money. He won, and resigned. Boulter Middle School in Tyler, Texas is named for him and two of his sons who where killed in World War II.

Russell Boulter

Russell is a British TV actor, appearing the series "Luv" and "The Bill". In "The Bill" he played a character named "John Boulton". So what's the matter with "Boulter"? Not good enough for TV?!

You can read all about Russell's work in his entry at the Internet Movie Database.

Carmen Boulter

(from the web site for her book)
Carmen Boulter, also known by her spiritual name Carmella, is an educator, a therapist, and an adventurer. She has pursued her interest in the feminine, the secrets of the ancients, and in higher levels of consciousness throughout her career. Carmen has maintained a private practice for 17 years counseling women, couples, and families.

If you would like Carmen Boulter to give a lecture or teach a workshop on Angels and Archetypes in your area, contact her via email at: carmella@teleport.com Or via snail-mail at: Angels and Archetypes, #410 1201 SW 12th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97205 USA.

Boulter Tidbits

James L. Boulter, an Australian POW, was rescued by the USS Pampanito in World War II on September 15, 1944. [ source ]

Finding more Boulters on the Web

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