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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Boyden is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Bodden, Staffordshire, where traces of the family dating from before the Norman Conquest have been found.

Boyden Early Origins



The surname Boyden was first found in Staffordshire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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Boyden Spelling Variations


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Boyden Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Boyden has been spelled many different ways, including Boden, Boyden, Bodin, Bodinus, Boydinus, Boidin and many more.

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Boyden Early History


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Boyden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyden research. Another 420 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1156, 1200, 1208, 1401, 1500, 1565, and 1797 are included under the topic Early Boyden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boyden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boyden Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Boyden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Boydens to arrive in North America:

Boyden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Boyden, who landed in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Ann Boyden, who arrived in Maryland in 1672
  • John Boyden, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • James Boyden, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Boyden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Boyden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Boyden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Boyden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Boyden, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Elizabeth A. Boyden, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • John W. Boyden, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Zachariah Boyden, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Jane Boyden, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Boyden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Boyden (post 1700)



  • Nathaniel Bostwick "Nate" Boyden (b. 1982), retired American soccer player
  • David Dodge Boyden (1910-1986), American musicologist and violinist
  • Uriah Atherton Boyden (1804-1879), American civil and mechanical engineer and inventor, best known for the development of the Boyden Turbine c. 1844
  • Edward "Ed" S. Boyden, American neuroscientist at MIT
  • Frank Learoyd Boyden (1879-1972), American headmaster of Deerfield Academy from 1902 to 1968
  • Amanda Boyden, American novelist
  • Ed Boyden, American neuroscientist at MIT
  • Nathaniel "Nate" Boyden (b. 1982), American soccer midfielder
  • Nathaniel Boyden (1796-1873), U.S. Congressman
  • Elbridge Boyden (1810-1898), prominent 19th century American architect
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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: Contra audentior
Motto Translation: Bodly against the enemy


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    11. ...

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