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Boucher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , French


The name Boucher reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Boucher family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest in 1066. Boucher is a name for a person who was a butcher. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print

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



Early Origins of the Boucher family


The surname Boucher 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early History of the Boucher family


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

Boucher Spelling Variations


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 Bowker, Bowcher, Boucher and others.

Early Notables of the Boucher 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 Boucher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Boucher family to the New World and Oceana


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 Boucher or a variant listed above:

Boucher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Boucher, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Andrew Boucher, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • George Boucher, who arrived in Maryland in 1651 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Boucher, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Adam Boucher, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boucher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Boucher, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Elizabeth Boucher, who settled in Rappahannock, Virginia, in 1728
  • Hans Ulrich Boucher, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Ulrigg Boucher, aged 45, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Boucher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boucher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Boucher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1806 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Miss Boucher, aged 30, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Alfred Boucher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Boucher Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Gaspard Boucher, who arrived in Quebec in 1634
  • François Boucher , son of Marin and Julienne, married Florence Gareman, daughter of Pierre and Charlotte, in Quebec on 3rd September 1641 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • François Boucher, son of Guillaume and Adriane, married Anne Lépine, daughter of Jacques and Noémie, in Quebec on 21st April 1664 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Pierre Boucher, son of François and Florence, married Hélène Gaudry, daughter of Nicolas and Agnès, in Quebec on 13th December 1671 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jean Boucher, son of Denis and Jeanne, married Madeleine Paré, daughter of Robert and Françoise, in Saint-Anne, Quebec on 12th November 1678 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boucher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexis Boucher, son of Charles and Marguerite, married Geneviève Martin, daughter of Yves and Marie, in Berthierville, Quebec on 25th February 1732 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Prisque Boucher, son of Joseph and Dorothée, married Josephte Saucier, daughter of Louis and Cécile, in Kamouraska, Quebec on 22nd November 1762 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Antoinne Boucher, son of Etienne and Margerite, married Geneviève Baron, daughter of Philippe and Geneviève, in Saint-Antoine, Quebec on 21st January 1771 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Benjamin Boucher, son of Louis and Madeleine, married Geneviève Casista-Bachlet, daughter of Pierre and Geneviève, in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 26th January 1778 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.

Boucher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Martin Boucher who was a Seaman aboard the ship "Aberdeen" taking passenger to Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died at Grosse Isle in 1847 in the typhus epidemic [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 62)

Boucher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Boucher, a waterman, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Robert James Boucher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Julia Boucher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  • Mr. Thomas Tippet Boucher, (b. 1827), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Labuan" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 11th February 1849 [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  • Mrs. Ann Boucher, (b. 1827), aged 22, Cornish settler from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Labuan" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 11th February 1849 [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boucher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Boucher, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Mary Boucher, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • E. Boucher, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • Mr. Dudley Boucher, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Jocelyn" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 2nd January 1881, en-route to Auckland, New Zealand [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html

Contemporary Notables of the name Boucher (post 1700)


  • Brian Boucher (b. 1977), American professional (NHL) ice hockey goaltender
  • Joan I. Boucher, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 12th District, 1990 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jean Charles Boucher, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State Senate 4th District, 1943-46; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1944; Member of Maine Democratic State Committee, 1945 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Hiram A. Boucher (1896-1967), American politician, U.S. Consul in Dublin, 1924-27; Cobh, 1928-29; Rome, 1929-36; Geneva, 1936-41; Auckland, 1941-45; U.S. Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, 1945-47 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Henry Aristide Boucher (1921-2009), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Fairbanks, Alaska, 1966-70; Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, 1970-74 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George V. Boucher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1968; Circuit Judge in Michigan 17th Circuit, 1971-85 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Frederick C. Boucher (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 39th District, 1974-83; U.S. Representative from Virginia 9th District, 1983- [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edward M. Boucher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Westport, 1946 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Drayton R. Boucher, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State Senate, 1950; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1956 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Anthony Boucher, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1833 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  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)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 62)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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