Show ContentsBoatwright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Boatwright is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by 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 Boatwright family

The surname Boatwright 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 Boatwright family

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Boatwright Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Boatwright include Boardwright, Boardright, Bordwreghte, Bordwrygt and many more.

Early Notables of the Boatwright family (pre 1700)

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Boatwright Ranking

In the United States, the name Boatwright is the 4,403rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

Australia Boatwright migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Boatwright Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Boatwright, a carpenter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Miss Elizabeth Boatwright, (Gedge, Elizabeth) who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Boatwright (post 1700) +

  • Gertrude Harris Boatwright (1888-1973), American poet
  • Daniel E. Boatwright (b. 1930), American Democratic politician
  • Helen Boatwright (1916-2010), American soprano
  • Brigadier-General Walter Putney Boatwright (1886-1957), American Commandant Ordnance Tank Automotive Center (1943-1945) [4]
  • Frederic W. Boatwright (1868-1951), American president of Richmond College, now the University of Richmond
  • McHenry Boatwright (1928-1994), American operatic bass-baritone and singing teacher

  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)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Walter Boatwright. Retrieved from on Facebook