Boote History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

When the ancestors of the Boote family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name for a maker or seller of boots. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word bote, which means boot.

Early Origins of the Boote family

The surname Boote was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted manor and lands by Duke William of Normandy after the Norman Conquest for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were originally from Buat a castle near Falais in Normandy.

Important Dates for the Boote family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boote research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boote History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boote Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Boot, Boots, Boote, Bootes and others.

Early Notables of the Boote family (pre 1700)

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Boote migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Boote or a variant listed above:

Boote Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joann Boote, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Tho Boote, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • Richard Boote, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [1]

Boote migration to Australia

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

Boote Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Boote, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Boote (post 1700)

  • George Boote (1878-1930), English football goalkeeper who played from 1901 to 1906
  • Henry Ernest Boote (1865-1949), Australian editor, journalist, propagandist, poet, and fiction writer
  • Robert Boote, American philosopher and professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan
  • Charles Boote, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
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