Bokers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bokers is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a butcher. [1]

The name could also be derived the family's original place of residence, Beaucir, in Calvados, Normandy. [2]

Early Origins of the Bokers family

The surname Bokers was first found in Lincolnshire. They were originally from Beaucir in Calvados in Normandy, and arrived in England with Duke William in 1066.4

"The Bouchers were well - known Bristol merchants in the 16th and 17th centuries, and frequently filled the offices of mayor and sheriff of the city; they were intrepid Royalists, and suffered death in the cause." [3]

The first records of the family was found in the Writs or Parliament of 1300 where Elias le Borcher was listed at that time. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed the Bocher spelling as being more popular at that time as Adam Bocher and Richard Bocher were listed in that rolls. [4]

Early History of the Bokers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bokers research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1643, 1642 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Bokers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bokers Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bokers were recorded, including Bowker, Bowcher, Boucher and others.

Early Notables of the Bokers family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Bouchier or Bourchier (d. 1643), and English Royalist and wealthy merchant of Bristol. "He entered into a plot with Robert Yeomans, who had been one of the sheriffs of Bristol, and several others, to deliver that city, on 7 March 1642...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bokers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bokers family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bokers arrived in North America very early: Abraham Bowker who settled in Virginia in 1700; John Bowker arrived in Philadelphia in 1848 along with William, Thomas, and James. Another Abraham Bowker arrived in Philadelphia in 1858.



  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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