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Today's generation of the Boone family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Boone 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 Boone family

The surname Boone 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 Boone family

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Boone Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Boone include Bohon, Bohun, Bone, Boon, Boone, Bohan, Bound and many more.

Early Notables of the Boone 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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Boone World Ranking

In the United States, the name Boone is the 480th most popular surname with an estimated 59,688 people with that name. [4] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Boone is ranked the 131st most popular surname with an estimated 282 people with that name. [5] And in France, the name Boone is the 6,515th popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Boone family to Ireland

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

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Boones to arrive on North American shores:

Boone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Win Boone, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [7]
  • Geo Boone, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • Mar Boone, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • Mary Boone, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [7]
  • Xtopher Boone, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Boone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Boone, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1717 [7]
  • Adam Boone, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760 [7]
  • Jacob Boone, who arrived in North Carolina in 1763 [7]
  • Jon Hendrick Bearin Boone, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1795 [7]
  • Fredrick Sayan Boone, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1795 [7]
Boone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Boone, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820
  • Gertrude Boone, aged 1, who arrived in Michigan in 1846 [7]
  • Cornelius Boone, aged 28, who arrived in Michigan in 1846 [7]
  • Egbert Boone, who arrived in America in 1847
  • Emanuel Boone, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Boone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alois Boone, who arrived in Boston in 1906

Canada Boone migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boone Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Boone U.E. from Rhode Island, USA who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger on the Union Transport from New York [8]
  • Mr. John Boone, "Boones" U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was a passenger number 366 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [8]
  • Mrs. Margaret Boone U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was a passenger number 483 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [8]

Australia Boone migration to Australia +

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

Boone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Powell Boone, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839 [9]
  • Henrietta Boone, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [10]

West Indies Boone 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. [11]
Boone Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Jo Boone, aged 12, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [7]
  • Samuel Boone, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Boone (post 1700) +

  • Richard Allen Boone (1917-1981), American actor, best known for his starring role in the TV series Have Gun - Will Travel
  • Herman Ike Boone (1935-2019), American high school football coach who inspired the 2000 film Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington
  • Daniel Boone (1734-1820), American pioneer, one of the most famous frontiersman in American history
  • Brigadier-General Milton Orme Boone (1891-1985), American Commanding General California Quartermaster Depot (1942-1946) [12]
  • John William "Blind" Boone (1864-1927), American pianist and composer of ragtime music
  • Charles Eugene Patrick "Pat" Boone (b. 1934), American singer, Academy Award nominee
  • Joel Thompson Boone, American Medal of Honor recipient, eponym of the USS Boone (FFG-28)
  • Bill Boone, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 137th District, 2012 [13]
  • Ashley T. Boone, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwich, 1912 [13]
  • Andrew Rechmond Boone (1831-1886), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1861; Circuit Judge in Kentucky, 1868-74; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 1st District, 1875-79 [13]
  • ... (Another 45 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Bernard J Boone (b. 1917), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Addlestone, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [14]

Suggested Readings for the name Boone +

  • Boon (also Boone) Genealogy, 1984 by Rupert Farham Thompson.
  • Boone, Eller, Sledge, Vaughn and Related Families by Jesse H. Boone.

  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
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  5. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
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  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANNA ROBERTSON 1839. Retrieved from
  10. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved
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  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Milton Boone. Retrieved from
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook