Boon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boon is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Boon family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Boon family lived in Sussex. Their name, however, does not refer to that area, but to their former place of residence, the town of Bohun, in the French maritime department of La Manche, in western Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Boon family

The surname Boon was first found in Sussex. Humphrey with the Beard (died c. 1113) was a Norman soldier and nobleman fought in the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 and is the earliest known ancestor of the de Bohun family. [2]

He had three sons: Robert de Bohun, who had no issue; Richard de Bohun, progenitor through the female line, of the Bohuns of Midhurst; and Humphrey I de Bohun (died c.1123) who through marriage became "the founder of the fortunes of his family." His son, Humphrey II de Bohun (died 1165) continued the lineage. His son, Henry de Bohun (1176-1220), was the 1st Earl of Hereford and Hereditary Constable of England from 1199 to 1220. [3]

"Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, inheriting the honour of Essex from his mother, Maud, sister and heiress of William de Mandeville, last Earl of Essex, was created Earl of that county by Henry III., and in a few years after stood sponsor for Prince Edward. In 1250, he assumed the cross, and proceeded to the Holy Land, and in the great content between the King and the Barons, fought under the banner of the latter, in whose army his son Humphrey was one of the most distinguished leaders, and commanded the infantry at the Battle of Evesham. " [2]

Early History of the Boon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boon research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1220, 1215, 1275, 1298, 1342, 1373, 1368, 1394, 1587, 1660, 1645, 1699, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Boon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Boon have been found, including Bohon, Bohun, Bone, Boon, Boone, Bohan, Bound and many more.

Early Notables of the Boon family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey VII de Bohun (d. 1298), 3rd Earl of Hereford and 2nd Earl of Essex, who, along with Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, led the barons in opposition to King Edward I; Humphrey de Bohun (1342-1373), 7th (and last) Earl of Hereford, 6th Earl of Essex and 2nd Earl of Northampton; and Mary de Bohun (c.1368-1394), who was the...
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Boon Ranking

In the United States, the name Boon is the 10,806th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4] However, in Netherlands, the name Boon is ranked the 117th most popular surname with an estimated 9,025 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Boon family to Ireland

Some of the Boon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Boon migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Boon were among those contributors:

Boon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Boon, who arrived in New York in 1664 [6]
  • Francoys Boon, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1666 [6]
  • Elizabeth Boon, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [6]
Boon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Boon, who landed in New England in 1714 [6]
  • Andrew Boon, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Andrew Boon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730 [6]
  • Dan Boon, aged 16, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [6]
  • Swan Boon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Boon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Boon, who arrived in America in 1800 [6]
  • Mr. Boon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [6]
  • Peter Boon, aged 29, who landed in New York, NY in 1832 [6]
  • Frederick Boon, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [6]
  • Alexander Boon, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Boon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Boon, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783
  • William Boon, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. Samuel Boon U.E. from Rhode Island, USA who settled in Canada c. 1783 was a passenger on the Union Transport from New York [7]
  • Mr. William Boon, "Boone" U.E. born in Rhode Island, USA from North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was part of the Hazard's Corps, was a passenger on the Union Transport from New York to Saint John, New Brunswick, married to Ruth Hill they had 13 children he died in 1829 in York County, New Brunswick [7]
Boon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Stephen, Boon Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Ambrose Boon, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Australia Boon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Boon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Boon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [8]
  • Elizabeth Boon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [8]
  • Robert Boon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [9]
  • Sarah Boon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [10]
  • John Boon (aged 46), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Boon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Boon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Robert Boon, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Alfred Boon, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
  • William Boon, aged 56, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • George Boon, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
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West Indies Boon migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Boon Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Boon, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Boon (post 1700) +

  • Gerrit Boon, American (Dutch born) land agent who came to America in 1793 and developed land in New York for the Holland Land Company
  • Walter Boon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956 [13]
  • Ratliff Boon (1781-1844), American politician, Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1825-27, 1829-39; Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1828; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1830, 1832, 1836, 1838 [13]
  • Martin Boon, American politician, Mayor of Grand Haven, Michigan, 1952 [13]
  • Joseph Boon (1752-1836), American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Johnston County, 1781, 1784, 1808; Member of North Carolina State Senate from Johnston County, 1787 [13]
  • John Boon, American politician, Presidential Elector for Maryland, 1820 [13]
  • John Boon Jr., American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Johnston County, 1807 [13]
  • George Boon, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Fort Worth, Texas, 1860-61 [13]
  • Emily Boon, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1972 [13]
  • Bailey H. Boon, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1838-39 [13]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/netherlands/surnames
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm
  11. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1856.shtml
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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