The surname Boies is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Boies is derived from the Old French word bois, which means tree, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent tree. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Boies family
The surname Boies was first found in various parts of Scotland
including Hugo Delboys who witnessed a confirmation charter by Hugh, Bishop of St. Andrews c. 1185-1188 (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae.) A few years later, Richard del Bois witnessed a confirmation charter of fishery in Torduf between 1194 and 1211. About the same time, Walterus de Bosco witnessed a charter by Robert the Bruce c. 1190. Robert Boys was listed in Dumfriesshire
c. 1259. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Scottish branch of this ancient Norman family which likely moved north from England
, their first place of landing and settlement after the Conquest as many of the earliest records of the family in Scotland
were almost 100 years later. By example, Robert de Bois held estates in Buckinghamshire
in 1086. The De Bois-Herbert family were barons of Halberton, Devon
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)
Early History of the Boies family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boies research.Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1150, 1296, 1413, 1719, 1465 and 1536 are included under the topic Early Boies History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boies Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Boyce, Boyes, Boze, Bois, Boise, Boice, Boas, Bost, Bust, Boast, Boost and many more.
Early Notables of the Boies family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Hector Boece (sometimes spelt Boethius, or Boyce) (1465-1536), a Scottish philosopher and first Principal of King's College in Aberdeen. Boece is also the name of Geoffrey... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boies Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boies family to Ireland
Some of the Boies family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boies family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christopher Boyce who settled in Virginia in 1642; Frances Boyce settled in St. Christopher in 1634; Jane Boyce settled in Norfolk
Virginia with her husband and eight children in 1823.