Show ContentsBoak History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest roots of the name Boak are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in a place noted for the presence of a ridge that formed a boundary between two distinct areas. It comes from a variant of the word boak or balk, of the same meaning. While historians generally agree upon the aforementioned topographical derivation, most believe that this name actually came from the area called Boak in the parish of Kirkholm.

Early Origins of the Boak family

The surname Boak was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Boak family

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Boak Spelling Variations

Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Boak has been recorded as Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

Early Notables of the Boak family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Boak family to Ireland

Some of the Boak family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Boak migration to the United States +

The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Boak name:

Boak Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Letitia Boak, who arrived in New York in 1841 [1]
  • Antony Boak, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Boak (post 1700) +

  • J. D. Boak, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1940 [2]
  • J. Audley Boak, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Pennsylvania convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [2]
  • C. C. Boak, American Republican politician, Member of Nevada State House of Representatives, 1950 [2]
  • Boak Jobbins OAM (1947-2012), Australian Anglican cleric and former Dean of Sydney

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook