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Bohem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Bohem family. Bohem is a local name. Bohem is a name for someone who lived in Bohemia. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old German word Bohmen, which was the Old German name for a native or inhabitant of Bohemia. However, the word Bohmen was itself derived from the tribal name Baii and the Geramanic word heim, which means homeland. The Baii were the Celtic tribe who inhabited the regions of Bohemia and Bavaria in the 1st century AD. In the 6th century, the Boii were replaced by a Germanic tribe in Bavaria, who adopted the name Boioarii, and by Slavic tribes in Bohemia. The ancient lands of Bohemia and Bavaria are separated by the Bohemian forrest, a wooden mountain range; however, their people share a very similar heritage and ancestry.

Early Origins of the Bohem family

The surname Bohem was first found in Nuremberg, where the Bohem name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Bohem family

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Bohem Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Bohem include Bohem, Bohemm, Boem, Boehm, Boehme, Boemm, Boeme, Boemme and many more.

Early Notables of the Bohem family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Bohem in this period include Joseph Boehm (1795-1876), Hungarian violinist and teacher who studied with Rode, debuted in 1816 in Vienna and, three years later, in 1819 was named professor at...
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Migration of the Bohem family to the New World and Oceana

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bohems to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Bohem Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Bohem, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Bohem (post 1700)

  • Endre Bohem (1901-1990), Hungarian-born, American screenwriter, film producer and television writer, father of Leslie Bohem
  • Leslie "Les" Bohem (b. 1951), American Primetime Emmy Award winning screenwriter and television writer

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