Boag History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Boag family name comes from a place named by the Viking settlers who arrived in the shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages. The Boag name comes from someone having 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.

Early Origins of the Boag family

The surname Boag was 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.

Important Dates for the Boag family

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Boag Spelling Variations

Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Boag has been spelled Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

Early Notables of the Boag family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Boag family to Ireland

Some of the Boag family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boag migration to the United States

The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Boag or a variant listed above, including:

Boag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Boag, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1773 [1]
Boag Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Boag who settled in Savannah, Georgia, in 1820
  • William S Boag, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822 [1]
  • John Boag, who settled in Philadelphia in 1852
  • John Boag, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]
  • Anthony Boag, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1872

Boag migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boag Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • A Boag, who landed in Canada in 1821
  • Michael Boag, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland

Boag migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boag Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Boag, (b. 1807), aged 50, British farm servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Boag, (b. 1808), aged 49, British farm servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [2]
  • Miss Ann Boag, (b. 1838), aged 19, British farm servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [2]
  • Mr. John Boag, (b. 1841), aged 16, British farm servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [2]
  • Mr. Peter Boag, (b. 1847), aged 10, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Boag (post 1700)

  • Wally Boag (b. 1920), American stage performer
  • John Boag (1775-1863), Scottish compiler of the ‘Imperial Lexicon,’ born at Highgate in the parish of Beith, Ayrshire [3]
  • Peter T Boag, Professor of Biology at Queen's University, Canada
  • James Boag I (1804-1890), Australian (Emigrated from Scotland in 1853), founder and proprietor Boag's Brewery in Tasmania, Australia
  • John Boag, Professor of Physics at the University of London
  • Keith Boag, Canadian television journalist
  • Erin Boag (b. 1975), New Zealand ballroom dancer

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
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