The name Boaen was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Boaen family lived in Sussex
. Their name, however, does not refer to that area, but to their former place of residence, the town of Bohun
, in the French maritime department of La Manche, in western Normandy.
Early Origins of the Boaen family
The surname Boaen was first found in Sussex
. Humphrey with the Beard (died c. 1113) was a Norman soldier and nobleman fought in the Norman Conquest
of 1066 and is the earliest known ancestor of the de Bohun family. He had three sons: Robert de Bohun, who had no issue; Richard de Bohun, progenitor through the female line, of the Bohuns of Midhurst; and Humphrey I de Bohun (died c.1123) who through marriage became "the founder of the fortunes of his family." His son, Humphrey II de Bohun (died 1165) continued the lineage. His son, Henry de Bohun (1176-1220), was the 1st Earl of Hereford and Hereditary Constable of England
from 1199 to 1220.
Early History of the Boaen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boaen research.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1220, 1215, 1275, 1298, 1342, 1373, 1368, 1394, 1587, 1660, 1645, 1699, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Boaen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boaen Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Boaen are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Boaen include Bohon, Bohun, Bone, Boon, Boone, Bohan, Bound and many more.
Early Notables of the Boaen family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey VII de Bohun (d. 1298), 3rd Earl of Hereford and 2nd Earl of Essex
, who, along with Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk
, led the barons in opposition to King Edward I; Humphrey de Bohun (1342-1373), 7th (and last) Earl of Hereford, 6th... Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boaen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boaen family to Ireland
Some of the Boaen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 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 Boaen family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Boaen, or a variant listed above: Lawrence Bohun, who arrived in Virginia in 1610; Ann Bone, who settled in Virginia in 1663; William Bone settled in Virginia in 1643; John Bone settled in Maryland in 1747.
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