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

Bohan is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bohan family lived in Sussex. Their name, however, does not refer to that area, but to their former place of residence, the town of Bohun, in the French maritime department of La Manche, in western Normandy.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bohon, Bohun, Bone, Boon, Boone, Bohan, Bound and many more.

First found in Sussex, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bohan research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1220, 1st , 1215, 1275, 1st , 1298, 1342, 1373, 1368, 1394, 1587, 1660, 1645, 1699 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Bohan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 247 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bohan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bohan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bohan or a variant listed above:

Bohan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Bohan, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755

Bohan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Bohan, who landed in America in 1806
  • Matthew Bohan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • James Bohan, who landed in America in 1852
  • Michael Bohan, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Lawrence Bohan, who arrived in America in 1854


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  • Edward "Eddie" Joseph Bohan (b. 1932), Irish former politician, member of the Fianna Fáil party
  • The Most Reverend Daniel J. Bohan (b. 1941), Canadian Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of the Regina Archdiocese (2005-)
  • Marc Bohan (b. 1926), French fashion designer
  • Jim Bohan (b. 1919), former Australian rules footballer


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