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The story of the Bok family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Bok name comes from a place named by these Vikings and was used by a family who 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.

Bok Early Origins



The surname Bok was 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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Bok Spelling Variations


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Bok Spelling Variations



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. Bok has appeared as Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

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Bok Early History


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Bok Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bok research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1576, 1632, 1683 and are included under the topic Early Bok History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bok Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bok Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bok Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bok In Ireland


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Bok In Ireland



Some of the Bok 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Bok family in North America:

Bok Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Bok, who landed in New York in 1709

Bok Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. De Bok, who arrived in Iowa in 1849
  • Mrs. be Bok, who landed in Iowa in 1849
  • Dingeman De Bok, who arrived in Iowa in 1849
  • Margaretha Bok, who arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1854
  • Joh Bok, who arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bok (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bok (post 1700)



  • Sissela Bok (b. 1934), Swedish-born American philosopher and ethicist, the daughter of two Nobel Prize winners
  • Hilary Bok (b. 1959), Henry R. Luce Professor of Bioethics and Moral & Political Theory at the Johns Hopkins University
  • Edward William Bok (1863-1930), Dutch-American editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Derek Curtis Bok (b. 1930), American lawyer and educator, and the former president of Harvard University
  • Bart Jan Bok (1906-1983), Dutch-American astronomer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Bok Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bok 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 14 April 2016 at 12:41.

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