I can't find any relation of me to them, but the Bullard brothers are comedians, both of whom had their own TV shows.

Pat Bullard hosted 'The Pat Bullard Show' in New York, each day before Oprah came on in 1995-6. He also hosted 'Love Connection' (taking over for the legendary Chuck Woolery) for 1998-1999. He also hosted 'Baloney,' 'Hold Everything' and 'Card Sharks.'

Older brother Mike Bullard was the host of "Open Mike with Mike Bullard" for six years on CTV and The Comedy Network. His co-host and Band Leader was Orin Isaacs, who is famous for collaborating with many of the world's great musicians (and for playing bass on the America's Got talent franchises.) Mike Bullard published 'Open Book." I can't say how many copies it sold, but I remember seeing it on the Canada sales charts...
In our family, it comes from the area just west of London, England. I have the family Bible of my grandfather (several 'greats' in there). He was one of the butchers and it was his job to keep the bulls calm and especially to prevent them from realizing they were being slaughtered. There are two records of the bulls realizing what was up and kind of a bull-panic ensued. When commoners started getting surnames, they referred to John as 'John T Bullherder.' No one seems to know how it became Bullard, it just switched in the late 1700s.

There are two other families of Bullards I have encountered.

One claims to be descended from a 'retired priest' who had a family. I'll take the guy at his word: he says that a 'bol' is the bald spot that friars shave atop their heads. He goes on to explain that 'ard' means the same as 'Mc' or '-son'... the child of. Hence Bolard was the son of a friar. I have seldom heard of priests retiring to have families, although it certainly must happen...

The other is certain his family were Irish and that a 'Bulle' was someone who wrote for a living - either as a scribe or book-writer. His family did publish several books under the names Bullerd and Bullard, so I believe in the accuracy of this one...
Pronounced BULL erd

Heavy emphasis on the first syllable. [noted -ed]

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