Boade History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Boade family

The surname Boade was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Rockford, held by Alfred of Swain of Essex who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Boade family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boade research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1137, 1600, 1653, 1600, 1604, 1650, 1649, 1673 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Boade History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boade Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Boade, Boode, Bude, Boud, Boude and others.

Early Notables of the Boade family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Arnold Boate, De Boot, Bootius or Botius (1600?-1653?), English Hebraist, the son of Godefrid de Boot of Gorcom, Holland. "Born about...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boade Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Boade family to Ireland

Some of the Boade family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Boade family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Boade or a variant listed above: Zechariah Boody, who landed in New England in 1716; and Henry Boody, who landed in Washington County, Pa in 1852.



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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