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.
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. 
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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.
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)