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Where did the English Boase family come from? What is the English Boase family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boase family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boase family history?

The name Boase is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who bragged one of vain-glory. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word bost, which means vaunt or brag.


Boase has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Boas, Boase, Boasie and others.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boase research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boase History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boase Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Boases to arrive on North American shores:

Boase Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Boase who settled in Virginia in 1656

Boase Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Boase, who landed in Virginia in 1728

Boase Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Boase arrived in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Maurice Boase, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1854


  • Henry Samuel Boase FRS (1799-1883), English geologist
  • George Clement Boase (1829-1897), English bibliographer and antiquary
  • Frederick Boase (1843-1916), English lawyer and biographer
  • Henry Boase (1763-1827), English banker and author
  • Leslie Boase, Diplomat
  • Wendy Boase (1944-1999), Australian co-founder of the children's publishing company Walker Books, eponym of the Branford Boase Award
  • Lieutenant-General Allan Joseph Boase (1894-1964), Australian General Officer Commander in Chief Southern Command from 1949 to 1950


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The Boase Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boase 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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