Show ContentsBogus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bogus comes from a place name. The roots of this Scottish place name; however date back to the great movement of the Norse Vikings. The ancestors of the Bogus family 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. [1]

Another source claims the name is "probably a variant of boak, a northern form of balk, a ridge (as a boundary.)" (Weekley)

Early Origins of the Bogus family

The surname Bogus was first found in Boak in the parish of Kirkcolm, Dumfries and Galloway, part of the former county of Wigtownshire. Early entries for the family are relatively rare as we must look to the 16th century to find the first recorded entry, that of Andrew Boog who witnessed instrument of sasine in 1550. David Book was a merchant in Edinburgh, 1610 and Thomas Baok was a merchant burgess of Stirling in 1622. [1]

Early History of the Bogus family

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Bogus Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were quite undeveloped in the Middle Ages. Consequently, the spelling of Scottish names was an inconsistent practice, usually governed by the unique ear of the scribe recording the name. Over the years, Bogus was spelled Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

Early Notables of the Bogus family

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Boag (1775-1863), Scottish compiler of the ‘Imperial Lexicon,’ born at Highgate in the parish of Beith, Ayrshire, on 7 Jan. 1775. He matriculated at the university of Glasgow in 1797, and completed his academical course with a view to taking orders in the church of Scotland, but joined the body of independents or Congregationalists, who in 1812 formed themselves into the...
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Ireland Migration of the Bogus family to Ireland

Some of the Bogus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Bogus migration to the United States +

Opportunity and land greeted those who made it all the way. Some had the opportunity to solidify their new freedom by fighting in the American War of Independence, while others went or stayed north as United Empire Loyalists. Recently, the ancestors of those brave settlers have been able to recover much of their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic organizations. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Bogus:

Bogus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Bogus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
Bogus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Bogus, aged 21, British settlers who arrived in New York in 1810 aboard the ship "Middlesex" [3]
  • George Bogus, aged 24, settlers who arrived in New York in 1838 aboard the ship "Konnabussett" [3]
  • Ellen Bogus, British settlers who arrived in New York in 1853 aboard the ship "Florida" [3]
  • Harvey Bogus, aged 6, British settlers who arrived in New York in 1853 aboard the ship "Florida" [3]
  • Arthur Bogus, aged 9, British settlers who arrived in New York in 1853 aboard the ship "Florida" [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bogus (post 1700) +

  • Liz Bogus (b. 1984), born Elizabeth Ely Bogus, an American soccer player for the United States U21 team (2003-2006)
  • Carl Bogus (b. 1948), American legal scholar and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island
  • Marcin Bogus (b. 1973), Polish retired football defender
  • Adelina Bogus (b. 1988), Romanian rower who competed in the women's eight event at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics


  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 21st October 2021. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result


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