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Where did the Scottish Boge family come from? What is the Scottish Boge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boge family history?

The earliest origins of the name Boge are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in a place noted for the presence of a ridge that formed a boundary between two distinct areas. It comes from a variant of the word boak or balk, of the same meaning. While historians generally agree upon the aforementioned topographical derivation, most believe that this name actually came from the area called Boak in the parish of Kirkholm.

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Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Boge has been spelled Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boge research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1576, 1632 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Boge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Boge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Boge family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Boge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Angel Boge, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Catharine Boge, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Peter N Boge, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • Heim Boge, aged 39, landed in New York, NY in 1893
  • Anna Boge, aged 67, landed in New York, NY in 1893

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The Boge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boge 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.

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