Boggs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Boggs surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. They 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.

Early Origins of the Boggs family

The surname Boggs was 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.

Important Dates for the Boggs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boggs research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1576, 1632, 1683 and are included under the topic Early Boggs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boggs Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Boggs has appeared as Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

Early Notables of the Boggs family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Boggs family to Ireland

Some of the Boggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boggs migration to the United States

North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Boggs family in North America:

Boggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ephraim Boggs, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Samuel Boggs, who landed in New England in 1753 [1]
  • Robert and Samuel Boggs, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766 and 1767 respectively
  • Thomas Boggs, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • William Boggs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799 [1]
Boggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Boggs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • James Boggs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • David Boggs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Paul Boggs, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Alexander Boggs, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boggs migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boggs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Dr. James Boggs U.E. (b. 1739) born in Mill Creek, Newcastle, Delaware, USA from Shrewsbury, New Jersey, USA who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia c. 1783 he enlisted in 1777 was a Surgeon after fleeing his home working in New York General Hospital, married to Mary Morris they had 8 children, he died in 1830 in Halifax, Nova Scotia [2]
  • Mr. John Boggs U.E. who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was a Magistrate [2]
Boggs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jane Boggs, aged 40, a widow, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Boggs migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hales Boggs, aged 26, a joiner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Jane Boggs, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Harry Boggs, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Bertha Boggs, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Boggs (post 1700)

  • Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. (b. 1940), American Democrat politician, Economist; Lawyer; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 8th District, 1970
  • Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. (1914-1972), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 2nd District, 1941-43, 1947-72; Died in office 1972;
  • Stuart C. Boggs, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Greenbrier County, 1936
  • Rita R. Boggs, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Carson, California, 2004
  • Nolan Boggs, American Republican politician, Secretary of Ohio Republican Party, 1937
  • Maurice Boggs (1909-1985), American Democrat politician, Boilermaker; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Gilmer County; Elected 1960
  • Lilburn Williams Boggs (1796-1860), American politician, Postmaster at Independence, Missouri, 1827-31; Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1832-36; Governor of Missouri, 1836-40;
  • Lettie Boggs, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1952
  • Lawrence Brent Boggs, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 34th District
  • L. O. Boggs, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1952
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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