Boatright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Boatright is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a maker of bows. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word bowyere.

Early Origins of the Boatright family

The surname Boatright was first found in Sussex, where Richard Bordwreghte was registered in 1332. Early in the family's history they branched to Yorkshire, where Johannes Bordwrygt and Robertus Burdewryth were both registered in 1379. [1]

Early History of the Boatright family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boatright research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1500 is included under the topic Early Boatright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boatright Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Boatright are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Boatright include Boardwright, Boardright, Bordwreghte, Bordwrygt and many more.

Early Notables of the Boatright family (pre 1700)

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


United States Boatright migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Boatright or a variant listed above:

Boatright Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Rosa Boatright, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Maidelles Boatright, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1914
  • William Boatright, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Boatright (post 1700) +

  • Brad Boatright (b. 1976), American musician, record producer, and mastering engineer from Portland, Oregon
  • John Luther Boatright (1923-2006), American painter from Maury County Tennessee, known for landscapes with expansive cloud formations
  • Brian Boatright (b. 1962), American lawyer and jurist from Golden, Colorado, Associate Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court (2011-)
  • Kenneth Boatright (b. 1990), American professional CFL football defensive end for the BC Lions (2017-)
  • Ryan Jamar Boatright (b. 1992), American-born naturalized Armenian professional basketball player from Aurora, Illinois


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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