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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.

Early Origins of the Book family

The surname Book 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.

Early History of the Book family

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Book Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Book family (pre 1700)

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Book Ranking

In the United States, the name Book is the 4,833rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Book family to Ireland

Some of the Book family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Book migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Book Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Book, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • G. M. Book, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1919
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Canada Book migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Book Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Book U.E. born in Germany who settled in Canada c. 1783 settled in Canada during the American Revolution [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Book (post 1700) +

  • William C. Book, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1896 [4]
  • Anthony Keith Book (b. 1934), retired English footballer and manager from Bath

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook