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

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.

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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.

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 Boggs research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1576, 1632 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Boggs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Boggs 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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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
  • Samuel Boggs, who landed in New England in 1753
  • Robert and Samuel Boggs settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766 and 1767 respectively
  • Thomas Boggs, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • William Boggs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Boggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Boggs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • James Boggs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • David Boggs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Paul Boggs, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Alexander Boggs, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


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
  • Mr. John Boggs U.E who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was a Magistrate

Boggs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jane Boggs, aged 40, a widow, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Boggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


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

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  • Francis W. Boggs (1870-1911), American stage actor and one of the first silent film directors
  • William "Bill" Boggs III (b. 1946), American television presenter and journalist
  • Grace Lee Boggs (b. 1915), American author, social activist, and feminist
  • Danny Julian Boggs (b. 1944), American jurist, Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1986-)
  • Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., (b. 1941), American lawyer and lobbyist, co-founder of Squire Patton Boggs, an international legal practice with 44 offices in 21 countries
  • David Reeves Boggs (b. 1950), American electrical and radio engineer who developed early prototypes of Internet protocols, file servers, gateways and network interface cards, co-inventor of Ethernet
  • James Stewart George "J.S.G." Boggs (b. 1955), American artist, best known for his hand-drawn, one-sided depictions of U.S. banknotes, better known as "Boggs notes"
  • Zak Devin Boggs (b. 1986), American soccer player
  • Thomas Winton "Tommy" Boggs (b. 1955), American major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1976 to 1985 for the Texas Rangers
  • Mitchell Thomas Boggs (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008

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  • Carson-Bent-Boggs Genealogy by Quantrille D. McClung.
  • Workbook of Lines Allied to Ewers and Boggs by Dorothy Wood Ewers.
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  1. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Boggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boggs 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 9 July 2015 at 19:41.

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