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

Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Boehn family. Boehn is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Boehn was derived from the Germanic personal name Bono, which is in turn derived from the Old Nordic word bon, which means demand or petition.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Boehn include Bohn, Bohen, Boehn, Bohenn, Bohne, Bohene, Bohenne, Boen, Boene, Boenn, Boenne, Boehne and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boehn research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1835, 1640 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Boehn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Boehn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Boehns to arrive in North America, and among them were: Betu Bohn, who, according to immigration lists, was the first Bohn member to arrive in North America, settling in Pennsylvania in 1728; Adam Bohn, aged 27.

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