The origins of the Boevay name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Bouville,
in Seine Maritime, which later changed to Bovilla,
Early Origins of the Boevay family
The surname Boevay was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Boevay family
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Boevay 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 Boevay were recorded, including Bovey, Bovie, Bovy and others.
Early Notables of the Boevay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boevay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Boevay family emigrate to North America: The widow Bovey who settled in Barbados in 1680; Margaret Bovey settled in New England
in 1679; Jerome Bovie settled in New Netherlands
in 1663 with his wife and five children.