Show ContentsBoffey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boffey is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Boffey family lived in Staffordshire, where they were lords of the manor Colton.

Early Origins of the Boffey family

The surname Boffey was first found in Staffordshire where they were Lords of the Manor of Colton from very ancient times. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, the village of Colton was held by Ascelin from tenant-in-chief Earl Roger. Conjecturally the Boughies are descended from this Norman noble. In similar speculations, some say there is a relationship between the early Bougheys and the great Lords Bohun, one of the signers of the Magna Carta and that the surname Boughey, Buffey, or Boffey was interchangeable with Bohun.

More recently, the parish of Forton in Staffordshire is home to a very distinguished branch of the this ancient family. "Aqualate Hall is a magnificent mansion, on the south side of a fine lake more than a mile in length, and half a mile in breadth, called Aqualate Meer; the house is surrounded by a spacious park and pleasure-grounds, adorned with plantations and some of the finest oak-trees in the county. This is the seat of Sir Thomas Fletcher Fenton Boughey, Bart., who is lord of the manor, and owner of nearly the whole parish." [1]

Early History of the Boffey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boffey research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1495, 1590, 1442, 1417, 1417 and 1419 are included under the topic Early Boffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boffey Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Boffey has been recorded under many different variations, including Boughey, Buffie, Boffey, Buffey, Boughie, Boffie, Boghey and many more.

Early Notables of the Boffey family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey de Boghey of Staffordshire; and Geoffrey Bowhay of Bowhay (in the parish of Exminster, Devon.) His daughter, the heiress of his estates married Richard Denys (died 1442.) In 1417, Orleigh was occupied...
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United States Boffey migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Boffeys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Boffey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Boffey who landed in North America in 1764
Boffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lionel Boffey, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Marjorie Boffey, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Percy Boffey, aged 9, who settled in America, in 1895
Boffey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Boffey, aged 30, who landed in America from Bolton, England, in 1908
  • Dorothy Boffey, aged 1, who immigrated to America from Bolton, England, in 1908
  • Faith Ellen Boffey, aged 44, who landed in America from Coventry, England, in 1920
  • Fred Boffey, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Coventry, England, in 1923
  • Georgina Boffey, aged 22, who landed in America from Burton on Trent, England, in 1923
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Contemporary Notables of the name Boffey (post 1700) +

  • Dr Brian Boffey, of Horsforth, Leeds, employee at Rowntree's who invented Jelly Tots in 1965

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Edward John Boffey, British Warrant Engineer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [2]

The Boffey Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec quarere nec spernere honorem
Motto Translation: Neither to seek nor despise honor.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook