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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The roots of the Book surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Book surname comes from someone having 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.

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Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Book has been spelled Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early Book Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Book 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.

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Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Book:

Book Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian Book, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Book Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Book, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Ada Fenimore Book, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Annie Book, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Augustus Book, who settled in America, in 1896

Book Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Barnet Book, aged 20, who landed in America from England, in 1902
  • Dwight Book, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • G. M. Book, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Eva Book, aged 22, who landed in America from Huddersfield, England, in 1914
  • Carl Emil Book, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919


Book Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. John Book born in Germany who settled in Canada c. 1783 settled in Canada during the American Revolution

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  • William C. Book, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1896
  • Anthony Keith Book (b. 1934), retired English footballer and manager from Bath


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  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Book Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Book 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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