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

Boyey is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Boyey family lived in Staffordshire, where they were lords of the manor Colton.

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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 Boughey, Buffie, Boffey, Buffey, Boughie, Boffie, Boghey and many more.

First found in Staffordshire where they were Lords of the Manor of Colton from very ancient times. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, the village of Colton was held by Ascelin from tenant-in- chief Earl Roger. Conjecturally the Boughies are descended from this Norman noble. In similar speculations, some say there is a relationship between the early Bougheys and the great Lords Bohun, one of the signers of the Magna Carta and that the surname Boughey, Buffey, or Boffey was interchangeable with Bohun.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyey research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1495, and 1590 are included under the topic Early Boyey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Boyey Notables 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 Boyey or a variant listed above: James Boffey who landed in North America in 1764.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec quarere nec spernere honorem
Motto Translation: Neither to seek nor despise honor.

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