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Where did the Scottish Boak family come from? What is the Scottish Boak family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boak family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boak family history?The earliest roots of the name Boak are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in a place noted for the presence of a ridge that formed a boundary between two distinct areas. It comes from a variant of the word boak or balk, of the same meaning. While historians generally agree upon the aforementioned topographical derivation, most believe that this name actually came from the area called Boak in the parish of Kirkholm.
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Boak has been recorded as Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boak research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1576, 1632 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Boak History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Boak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Boak family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Boak name:
Boak Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Boak Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boak Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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