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Bullard Family History

Recorded in many spelling forms including Bullard, Ballard, Belward, Bellyard, Billiard, Billyard, and Bellard, this is an early English surname. It is or rather was, a nickname, and as such one of a sizeable group of early surnames that were given with reference to a variety of physical and moral characteristics, although habits of dress and occupation were also common. In this case the derivation is from the Middle English word "balle", used in the transferred sense of a hairless patch on the skull, and therefore probably a reference to a monk or holy man.

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