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

In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Boggs surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. They 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.


In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Boggs has appeared as Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, 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 Boggs research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1576, 1632 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Boggs History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Boggs 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.


North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Boggs family in North America:

Boggs Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Ephraim Boggs, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Samuel Boggs, who landed in New England in 1753
  • Robert and Samuel Boggs settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766 and 1767 respectively
  • Thomas Boggs, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • William Boggs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Boggs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • George Boggs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • James Boggs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • David Boggs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Paul Boggs, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Alexander Boggs, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


  • Lilburn Williams Boggs (1796-1860), American politician, sixth Governor of Missouri from 1836 to 1840
  • Thomas Hale Boggs (1914-1973), American Democratic politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Orleans
  • James Caleb "Cale" Boggs (1909-1993), American lawyer and politician, Governor, US Representative and Senator of Delaware
  • Phillip George Boggs (1949-1990), American gold medalist Olympic diver
  • Wade Anthony Boggs (b. 1958), American Major League baseball player, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005


  • Carson-Bent-Boggs Genealogy by Quantrille D. McClung.
  • Workbook of Lines Allied to Ewers and Boggs by Dorothy Wood Ewers.

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  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Boggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boggs 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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