Show ContentsBoothe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Boothe family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a herdsman. The surname Boothe 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 Boothe family

The surname Boothe 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 Boothe family

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Boothe Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Boothe were recorded, including Booth, Boothe and others.

Early Notables of the Boothe family

Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Booth, 1st Baronet of Dunham Massey (1566-1652), Sheriff of 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...
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Boothe Ranking

In the United States, the name Boothe is the 3,549th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Boothe family to Ireland

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

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Boothe family emigrate to North America:

Boothe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Boothe, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Richard Boothe, who landed in Connecticut in 1639 [7]
Boothe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Boothe, who arrived in America in 1765 [7]
  • John Boothe, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Boothe (post 1700) +

  • Powers Allen Boothe (1948-2017), American Emmy Award winning television and film actor
  • Armistead Lloyd Boothe (1907-1990), American politician who represented Alexandria, Virginia in the Virginia General Assembly (1948-1955)
  • Jill Kinmont Boothe (1936-2012), American alpine ski racer inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame (1967)
  • Kevin Mark Boothe (b. 1983), American football guard and offensive tackle in the National Football League
  • Valoy J. Boothe, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1972
  • Ross Boothe, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1948
  • John Boothe, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Gates County, 1860-61
  • James R. Boothe, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1864
  • J. H. Boothe, American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 90th District, 1887-88
  • Ben B. Boothe, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 6th District, 1998
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Boothe 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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  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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) on Facebook