De bois History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name De bois was originally derived from the Old French "bois," which meant "wood." The name was no doubt originally used in France by someone living or working in the woods. 
Early Origins of the De bois family
The surname De bois was first found in Essex where William de Bois was listed as holdings land there at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086.
However, due to the literal translation of the name into English, we cannot presume that there is one main branch from which all others have evolved. By example, "De Bois-Arnaud, hereditary stewards of the counts of Breteuil, sires of Poilly," signatures appeared in the charter of William Fitz-Osborne to the Lire Abbey during the reign of William I. 
De Bois-Herbert who were barons of Halberton, Devon were listed there in 1050. Apparently they flourished in Dorset, but the Devon record was a branch of the family at that time.
A little further to the north in Buckinghamshire, De Bois-Robert from whom Robert de Bois descended held estates there in 1086. 
Another source notes that some of the family were Protestant Huguenots who fled to England from Brittany settling in Thorney, Canterbury, Norwich and London. 
Early History of the De bois family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De bois research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1296, 1327, 1396, 1388, 1447, 1533, 1571, 1625, 1619, 1625, 1599, 1667, 1541, 1596, 1589, 1607, 1664, 1607, 1678, 1645, 1656, 1560, 1643, 1663, 1718 and are included under the topic Early De bois History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De bois Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bois, De Bois, Dubois, Boyes, Boys, Boyse, Boice and many more.
Early Notables of the De bois family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Boys (fl.1388), Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle, John Boys (died 1447), Member of Parliament for Middlesex; John Boys (died 1533), Member of Parliament for Sandwich; John Boys (1571-1625), Dean of Canterbury from 1619 to 1625; and his nephew, Edward Boys (1599-1667), an English divine; William Boys (1541-1596), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Queenborough in 1589; John Boys (1607-1664), Royalist captain, Governor of Donnington...
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Migration of the De bois family to Ireland
Some of the De bois family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De bois migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
De bois Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A C Debois, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Related Stories +
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ 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)
- ^ 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)