Books History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the Books surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Books 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 Books family
The surname Books 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 Books family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Books research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1576, 1632, 1683 and are included under the topic Early Books History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Books 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, Books has been spelled Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.
Early Notables of the Books family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Books is the 15,909th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Books family to Ireland
Some of the Books family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Books 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 Books:
Books Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ina Books, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 
Books Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Books, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 
- John Books, aged 23, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 
Contemporary Notables of the name Books (post 1700) +
- John Cameron Books (1941-2017), Australian politician, Member of the New South Wales Parliament for Parramatta (1988-1991)
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- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)