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

Boggess is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Boggess family lived in Sussex. This line are believed to be descended from the Barons Burghersh, which later became Burwash, a parish in that county. A line of the family also remained in Normandy, as Simon de Borgeis was noted there in 1195. But originally the family was from Bourgeois in Picardy, France. This line of barons became extinct in 1369.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Burgess, Burgeis, Burghersh, Burges, Burgesse, Burgar, Bergiss, Bergess, Bargess, Bargeis, Bergeus, Burgeus, Burgeuss and many more.

First found in Sussex where they are believed to be descended from the Barons Burghersh, which later became Burwash, a parish in that county. They were from Bourgeois of Champagne in Picardy. The Barons Burgeis became extinct in 1369.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boggess research. Another 333 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1382, 1382, 1685, 1589, 1665, 1664, 1650, 1716, 1690 and are included under the topic Early Boggess History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boggess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boggess family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Boggess or a variant listed above were: John Burges who arrived in Virginia in 1635; John and Rachel Burges settled in Barbados in 1680 with their servants; Alexander Burgess arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1851.

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  • Sierra Boggess (b. 1982), American theater actress and soprano singer
  • Lynton Ross "Dusty" Boggess (1904-1968), American umpire in Major League Baseball


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