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Where did the Scottish Boyce family come from? What is the Scottish Boyce family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boyce family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boyce family history?The surname Boyce is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Boyce is derived from the Old French word bois, which means tree, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent tree.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Boyce, Boyes, Boze, Bois, Boise, Boice, Boas, Bost, Bust, Boast, Boost and many more.
First found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were originally from Bois in Normandy.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyce research. Another 366 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1150, 1296, 1413, 1465, 1536, and 1719 are included under the topic Early Boyce History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Boyce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 94 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Boyce Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Boyce Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Boyce Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Boyce Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boyce 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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