Lady Anne Elizabeth Boleyn (Nan Bullen)VISCOUNTESS ROCHFORD MARQUESS CONSORT ENGLAND, was my 10th Great Grand Aunt, her Brother, George Viscount Boleyn Earl of Rochford, was my 10th Great Grandfather, But i would like to know why did some of the “Bullen” Family change there name to “Boleyn” then back again to “Bullen” after the Tudor Age.

In Medieval and Tudor times there wasn't actually any standardized spelling and in contemporary sources from the time Boleyn is spelled in many different ways: Boleyn, Bullen, Bullayen, Boleigne, Bullon, Boulain... I have even seen the same name spelled differently twice in the same sentence! Perhaps the family wanted to distance themselves from the name Boleyn, as Anne spelled it that way, after her downfall, I'm not sure.

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3 thoughts on “Lady Anne Elizabeth Boleyn (Nan Bullen)VISCOUNTESS ROCHFORD MARQUESS CONSORT ENGLAND, was my 10th Great Grand Aunt, her Brother, George Viscount Boleyn Earl of Rochford, was my 10th Great Grandfather, But i would like to know why did some of the “Bullen” Family change there name to “Boleyn” then back again to “Bullen” after the Tudor Age.”

  1. Sarah says:

    Claire, how could this person be a grandson of george boleyn, I thought George had no children? Is there something I am missing here? Ha ha

    1. Chelsea says:

      yeah…that doesnt add up….I think someone hit the wrong button on ancestry.com 😉

      1. bruno says:

        True – I just discover his,post now – George at 30 or about died without leaving issue from his wedding to Jane Parker.
        And he is not known for having sired illegitimate children as well.
        That fact helped his enemy say he had a special sexual behaviour.
        But Thomas B (his father) had younger siblings (of whom I know nearly nothing)
        “Boulain” was the name under which Anne B was known at the french court.
        Maybe mispelling, but not an insult either.
        But in France there is some confusion between Mary and Anne Boleyn.
        That might (that is not a position of mine, just assuming) show that all that was rather related to Anne’s elder sister, Mary – and that, indeed, Anne was some years younger.

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