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Where did the English Boothe family come from? What is the English Boothe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boothe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boothe family history?

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]


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.

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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boothe research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1566, 1652, 1622, 1684, 1652, 1694, 1678, 1685, 1689, 1690, 1675, 1758, 1626, 1680 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Boothe History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 225 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boothe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Boothe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Boothe, who landed in Connecticut in 1639

Boothe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Boothe, who arrived in America in 1765
  • John Boothe, who landed in Mississippi in 1798


  • 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)
  • Powers Allen Boothe (b. 1948), American Emmy Award winning television and film actor
  • Kevin Mark Boothe (b. 1983), American football guard and offensive tackle in the National Football League
  • Ken Boothe OD (b. 1948), Jamaican recording artist


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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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Boothe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boothe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 16 October 2015 at 14:16.

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