Booth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Booth family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a herdsman. The surname Booth is derived from the Old English word bothe, which in turn comes from the Old Danish word both, which means cow-house or herdsman's hut. [1]

Early Origins of the Booth family

The surname Booth was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first listings of the name was Gilbert Bothe, del Both in 1274. [2] This line continued to be strong as the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 attest through the listing of: Rogerus del Boothe; Adam de Bothe; and Margeria de Bothe as all living there and holding lands at that time. [3]

"The great family of Booth of Lancashire and Cheshire take their designation from their lordship of Booths in the former county, where they resided in the XIII century." [4] Indeed the Lancashire branch is of note as in "Booth as a surname, has strongly ramified in South Lancashire. " [3]

Over in Barton-Upon-Irwell in Lancashire another branch of the family was found. "Barton Old Hall, a brick edifice, now a farmhouse, was the seat successively of the Barton, Booth, and Leigh families." [5]

Early History of the Booth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Booth research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1566, 1652, 1622, 1684, 1652, 1694, 1678, 1685, 1689, 1690, 1675, 1758, 1626, 1680, 1700, 1916 and are included under the topic Early Booth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Booth Spelling Variations

Booth has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Booth have been found, including Booth, Boothe and others.

Early Notables of the Booth family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Booth, 1st Baronet of Dunham Massey (1566-1652), Sheriff of both Lancashire and Cheshire; George Booth, 2nd Baronet of Dunham Massey, 1st Baron Delamer (1622-1684), Member of the House of Lords, an English peer; Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington (1652-1694), Member of Parliament for Cheshire (1678-1685),Chancellor of the Exchequer (1689-1690); George...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Booth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Booth World Ranking

In the United States, the name Booth is the 590th most popular surname with an estimated 49,740 people with that name. [6] However, in Canada, the name Booth is ranked the 723rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,421 people with that name. [7] And in Australia, the name Booth is the 276th popular surname with an estimated 12,538 people with that name. [8] New Zealand ranks Booth as 185th with 2,970 people. [9] The United Kingdom ranks Booth as 139th with 36,558 people. [10]

Ireland Migration of the Booth family to Ireland

Some of the Booth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Booth migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Booths to arrive on North American shores:

Booth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Reynold Booth, who arrived in Virginia in 1609 [11]
  • Henery Booth, who landed in Virginia in 1624 [11]
  • Miss Marie Booth, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [12]
  • Marie Booth, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [11]
  • Jon Booth, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Booth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Booth, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [11]
  • Cath Booth, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [11]
  • Thomas Booth, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [11]
  • John Booth, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [11]
Booth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James M Booth, who landed in Ohio in 1811 [11]
  • Joseph Booth, who landed in America in 1812 [11]
  • James Booth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [11]
  • Abraham Booth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [11]
  • Thomas Booth who settled in Virginia was a descendant of the Earl of Warrington
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Booth migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Booth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Booth, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Abner Booth U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [13]
  • Mr. Benjamin Booth U.E. who settled in Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1783 [13]
  • Mr. Bethea Booth U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [13]
  • Mr. Charles Booth U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Booth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Booth, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • Mr. John Booth, aged 5 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Julius Caesar" departing 13th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 5th September 1847 but he died on board [14]
  • Mr. Robert Booth, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Elliotts" departing 14th May 1847 from Dublin, Ireland; the ship arrived on 30th June 1847 but he died on board [14]

Australia Booth migration to Australia +

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

Booth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Booth, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. Joseph Booth, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [16]
  • Mr. Thomas Booth, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [16]
  • Mr. Edward Booth, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 6th April 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • Ralph Booth, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Booth 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:

Booth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Booth, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Booth, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Booth, aged 21, a slate dresser, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Mary Ann Booth, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Charles Fane Booth, aged 36, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Booth 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. [19]
Booth Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Gregorie Booth, aged 18, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [11]
  • Mr. Gregorie Booth, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler travelling from Gravesend, England aboard the ship "Falcon" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [20]

Contemporary Notables of the name Booth (post 1700) +

  • John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865), American actor and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865
  • William E. Booth, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Livingston County, 1900; Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1900; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1902 [21]
  • William S. Booth, American politician, Mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1883-84 [21]
  • William L. Booth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1964 [21]
  • William J. Booth, American Democratic Party politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 6th Ward; Elected 1938 [21]
  • William H. Booth, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Monroe County; Elected 1897 [21]
  • William H. Booth, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Dallas County, 1903-04; Member of Missouri State Senate 19th District, 1909-12 [21]
  • William Booth, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1996, 2000 (alternate) [21]
  • Wilbur Franklin Booth (1861-1944), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Minnesota, 1914-25; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1925-32 [21]
  • Walter Booth, American politician, Mayor of Paris, Illinois [21]
  • ... (Another 111 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Ernest Albert Booth (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [22]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Frank Augustus Booth, British Lieutenant aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [23]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. George H Booth (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Hull, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. George Booth, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Douglas Booth, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [25]
HMS Royal Oak
  • George H. Booth, British Sergeant with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [26]
RMS Lusitania
  • Master Nigel Frederick Booth, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mrs. Emily Eliza Booth, (née Hadfield), Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Edward Booth -Jones, English 2nd Class passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [27]
  • Master Percival Booth -Jones, English 2nd Class passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [27]
  • Mrs. Millichamp Booth -Jones, English 2nd Class passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [27]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. Samuel Booth (b. 1896), Welsh coal miner from Abertridwr, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Sinclair Booth, American Ensign from Washington D.C., USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [28]


The Booth Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus adjuvat nos
Motto Translation: God assists us.


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