Boivin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Boivin family

The surname Boivin was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Bacqueville and were members of the aristocracy of that region.

The earliest of the name on record was Jean Boivan Champeaux, a senator of Normandy living in the 11th century about 1070. Of this main stem of the family Louis Boivin joined William Duke of Normandy in his invasion of England in 1066 and became Chancellor of England and Bishop of Ely. The main stem branched to Bonnetot in Normandy and to Martinière. This latter branch survived the revolution and became Barons of the Empire in 1810. They also branched to Brittany. Meanwhile, an important branch moved to the Franche-Comté. Most other branches lost their estates during the revolution of 1789. The family received letters confirming their nobility in 1826. [1]

Early History of the Boivin family

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Boivin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Boivin, Boivan, Boiveau, Boisyvon, Boisvert, Boivent, Boisvert, Boivigne and many more.

Early Notables of the Boivin family (pre 1700)

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Canada Boivin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alain Boivin, son of Jean and Guillemette, who married Marie-Gertrude Blanchet, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Thomas, Quebec on 13th February 1747 [2]
  • Alexis Boivin, son of Pierre and Etiennette, who married Ursule Guimond, daughter of Joseph and Anne, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 11th October 1728 [2]
  • Ambroise Boivin, son of Augustin and Reine, who married Catherine Ringuet, daughter of Jean and Marie-Geneviève, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 15th October 1753 [2]
  • Augustin Boivin, son of Augustin and Reine, who married Apolline Bonneau, daughter of Jacques and Louise, in Éboulements, Quebec on 27th November 1754 [2]
  • Augustin Boivin, son of Pierre and Etiennette, who married Barbe Gagné, daughter of Ignace and Louise, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 8th July 1715 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Boivin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jacques Boivin, who arrived in Montreal in 1653

New Zealand Boivin 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:

Boivin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elienne Boivin, aged 34, a blacksmith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Celina Boivin, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Bertha J. Boivin, aged 19 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Boivin (post 1700) +

  • Guillaume Boivin de la Martiniére, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Jacques Denis Boivin, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Claude Boivin (b. 1970), Canadian (NHL) hockey player
  • Leo Boivin (b. 1932), Canadian (NHL) hockey player
  • Jean Boivin, Canadian economist, Professor at Columbia University, Associate Professor at the Institut d’Économie Appliquée, Montreal (2006-)
  • Roch Boivin (1912-1979), Canadian politician
  • Pierre Boivin (b. 1953), French Canadian businessman
  • Arthur Boivin (d. 1952), politician in Manitoba, Canada
  • Georges Henri Boivin (1882-1926), Canadian politician
  • Françoise Boivin (b. 1960), Canadian politician
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Guillaume Boivin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jacques Boivin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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