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The name Bokeing is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in a village of Bocking, in the county of Essex near Braintree

Early Origins of the Bokeing family

The surname Bokeing was first found in Essex, at Bocking, a parish, in the union of Braintree, hundred of Hinckford. [1]

However, one of the first records of the family was Ralph Bocking (d. 1270), a Dominican friar, stated to have been a native of Chichester. "He was the private confessor of Richard Wych, who held the see of Chichester from 1245 till his death in 1253. " [2]

Early History of the Bokeing family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bokeing research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1273, 1337, 1500, 1534, 1533 and 1534 are included under the topic Early Bokeing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bokeing Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bokeing has been spelled many different ways, including Bocking, Boking, Bokings, Bockyng, Bockinges and others.

Early Notables of the Bokeing family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Bocking, (d. 1534) a Benedictine monk famous for his opposition to King Henry VIII. He was the leading supporter of Elizabeth Barton, the nun of Kent. "A few months after Henry VIII's marriage with Anne Boleyn (28 May 1533), the...
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Migration of the Bokeing family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bokeings to arrive in North America: Richard Bocking, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1741.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook