Show ContentsBoehm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Boehm, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which was enclosed by mountains and the celebrated Bohemian forest. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname. The name was derived from the Old German word Boheim, which is the word for a Bohemian.

Early Origins of the Boehm family

The surname Boehm was first found in Bohemia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would shape European society. The name emerged as that of a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic, and political affairs.

Early History of the Boehm family

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Boehm Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bohm, Bohme, Boehm, Boehme, Boehmm, Boem, Boeme, Boemme, Bohem, Boheme, Bohmer and many more.

Early Notables of the Boehm family (pre 1700)

During this early period, notable bearers of the name Boehm included Jakob Boehme (b.1575 in Goerlitz, Silesia), who was a renowned German mystic. He exerted an immense influence on the German Romantic movement. Martin Boehme (also known as Behemb, or Behm, 1557-1622) was a Silesian pastor and writer of hymns. Boehm (no forename) was an organist at Wehlan in East Prussia about 1770, one of the latest composers whose chorales are included in the choral-books. Elizabeth Boehm was a singer, born at Riga 1756 who made her first appearance in 1783. Afterwards married the tenor Cartellieri at Strelitz, from whom she separated...
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Boehm Ranking

In the United States, the name Boehm is the 4,162nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Boehm is ranked the 6,818th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Boehm migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boehm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frantz Boehm, age 44, along with his wife, 3 sons and 3 daughters, who arrived in America in 1709
  • Frantz Boehm, age 44, who settled in America in 1709 taking his wife, 3 sons and 3 daughters with him
  • Heinrich Boehm, who landed in New York, NY in 1709 [3]
  • Henri Boehm, who landed in America in 1777 [3]
Boehm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna E Boehm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [3]
  • Henry Boehm, aged 22, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [3]
  • Johann Boehm, aged 31, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [3]
  • Johann Joseph Boehm, who arrived in America in 1845 [3]
  • Johann Boehm accompanied by his wife Margrethe and their son, who arrived in New Orleans in 1845
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Contemporary Notables of the name Boehm (post 1700) +

  • Barry William Boehm (1935-2022), American software engineer, distinguished professor of computer science, industrial and systems engineering
  • Eric Hartzell Boehm (b. 1918), American historian and publisher
  • John Francis Boehm (b. 1926), American oil refinery executive
  • Charles Harold Boehm (b. 1903), American educational designer
  • Henry Boehm (1775-1875), American clergyman and pastor
  • Hanns-Peter Boehm (1928-2022), German chemist and professor emeritus at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany
  • Theobald Boehm (1794-1881), Bavarian inventor and musician, who perfected the modern flute and its improved fingering system
  • Ronald John "Ron" Boehm (1943-2017), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey winger Oakland Seals (1964-1975) from Allan, Saskatchewan
  • Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), British (Vienna born) sculptor, whose works include the statue of the Duke of Wellington at Hyde Park, London, best known for the head of Queen Victoria on coinage
  • Gottfried Karl Boehm (b. 1942), influential art historian
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Suggested Readings for the name Boehm +

  • Hiestand Family (including Boehm Family) of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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) on Facebook