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The birthplace of the surname Bogan is Cornwall, a rugged peninsula in southwestern England that is noted for its strong Gaelic traditions. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Despite the fact that occupational surnames are rare among the Cornish People, they nevertheless sometimes adopted surnames derived from the type of work they did. The surname Bogan was an occupational name for a maker of bows. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word buga or boga, meaning to bend.

Bogan Early Origins



The surname Bogan was first found in Cornwall, in Treleage, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Bogan Spelling Variations


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Bogan Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bogan, Boggan and others.

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Bogan Early History


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Bogan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bogan research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1625 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Bogan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bogan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bogan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bogan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bogan In Ireland


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Bogan In Ireland



Some of the Bogan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bogan were among those contributors:

Bogan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cornelius Bogan who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • Cornelius Bogan, who landed in Maryland in 1662

Bogan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Bogan, who arrived in America in 1806
  • John and Walter Bogan both of whom arrived in America in 1806
  • Ann Bogan who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
  • Bernard, John, Michael, Patrick, Walter, and William Bogan, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860

Bogan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Luke Bogan, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Susan Bogan, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bogan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bogan (post 1700)



  • Vice Admiral Gerald Francis Bogan (1894-1973), American Navy Officer inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor, 1992
  • Louise Bogan (1897-1970), American poet/critic appointed the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1945
  • Lucille Bogan (1897-1948), African-American, early Blues singer, who sang under the pseudonym Bessie Jackson

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Bogan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bogan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 5 May 2016 at 02:06.

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