Show ContentsBoothman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Boothman comes from when the family resided in a booth or hut, a cottager. The name could also be classified as an occupational name for someone who lived in a booth or hut.

Early Origins of the Boothman family

The surname Boothman was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Boothman family

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Boothman Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Boothman include Boothman, Bothman, Bouthman, Bothmane, Boothmane and many more.

Early Notables of the Boothman family (pre 1700)

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United States Boothman migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Boothman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Boothman in Philadelphia in 1822

Australia Boothman migration to Australia +

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

Boothman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Boothman, (b. 1783), aged 20, English labourer who was convicted in Lancashire, England for 7 years for embezzlement, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1829 [1]
  • Mr. James Boothman, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 8th July 1840, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Richard Boothman, (b. 1820), aged 21, English weaver who was convicted in Lancashire, England for life for murder, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1876 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Boothman, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 30th September 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [4]

West Indies Boothman 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. [5]
Boothman Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Boothman who arrived in Barbados in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Boothman (post 1700) +

  • John H. Boothman Jr., American Republican politician, Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Randolph 1938; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Randolph, 1948
  • Cornelius Boothman, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Third Berkshire District, 1917-18
  • Melvin Morella Boothman (1846-1904), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 6th District, 1887-91
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir John Nelson Boothman KCB KBE DFC AFC RAF (1901-1957), senior Royal Air Force officer during World War II
  • Jack Boothman (d. 2016), Irish administrator, the 31st President of the Gaelic Athletic Association (1994-1997)
  • George Boothman (1916-2003), Canadian NHL ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1942-1944)
  • Barry EC Boothman, Professor and Associate Dean of Business Administration (1986-) at the University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Peter Boothman (b. 1943), Australian jazz guitarist, composer, and educator

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