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The surname Boise 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 Boise is derived from the Old French word bois, which means tree, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent tree. 
The surname Boise 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. 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.  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 c. 1050.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Boyce, Boyes, Boze, Bois, Boise, Boice, Boas, Bost, Bust, Boast, Boost and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boise 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 Boise History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boise Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Boise 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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Boise Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Boise Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Boise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Boise Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boise 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.
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