Show ContentsBoaz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boaz is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who bragged one of vain-glory. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word bost, which means vaunt or brag.

Early Origins of the Boaz family

The surname Boaz was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Boaz family

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Boaz Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Boaz were recorded, including Boas, Boase, Boasie and others.

Early Notables of the Boaz family (pre 1700)

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Boaz Ranking

In the United States, the name Boaz is the 11,741st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Boaz migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Boaz family emigrate to North America:

Boaz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Boaz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
Boaz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E D Boaz, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Australia Boaz migration to Australia +

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

Boaz Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joachim Boaz, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

New Zealand Boaz migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boaz Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Boaz, aged 14, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Boaz (post 1700) +

  • Sam Boaz (1917-2013), American jurist and politician, Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives (1963-1967)
  • Noel Thomas Boaz (b. 1952), American biological anthropologist, author, educator, physician, and founder of the Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • David Boaz (b. 1953), American executive vice president of the Cato Institute
  • Abner Boaz Haldeman (1908-1981), American politician, Mayor of Upland, California, 1958-63 [4]
  • Boaz Siegel, American politician, Candidate in primary for Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 1st District, 1964 [5]

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