Boothroyd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Welsh name Boothroyd go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Boothroyd once lived in the settlement called Boothroyd in the West Riding of Yorkshire. However, there was also a place called Bodwrda in the county of Carnarvon. The surname Boothroyd belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Boothroyd family

The surname Boothroyd was first found in Anglesey (Welsh: Ynys Môn), a Welsh-speaking island, and present day County of Isle of Anglesey, located at the northwestern extremity of Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Boothroyd family

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Boothroyd Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Boothroyd name over the years has been spelled Boothroyd, Bodwrd, Boddwryd, Bodwryd and others.

Early Notables of the Boothroyd family (pre 1700)

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United States Boothroyd migration to the United States +

Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Boothroyd:

Boothroyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jabez Boothroyd, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1823
  • Abraham Boothroyd who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Charles Boothroyd, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Benjamin Boothroyd, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1869

Australia Boothroyd migration to Australia +

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

Boothroyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Boothroyd, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Thomas Boothroyd, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Abraham Boothroyd, English Convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Boothroyd (post 1700) +

  • David Boothroyd (b. 1972), British political researcher, author and local councilor
  • John Boothroyd, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University, Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (1999-2002)
  • Betty Boothroyd (b. 1929), English politician, first woman Speaker in Britain's House of Commons
  • Luke Boothroyd (b. 1987), English professional ice hockey player
  • Aidy Boothroyd (b. 1971), English former footballer and formerly the manager of Watford Football Club

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Philip Boothroyd (b. 1920), aged 21 Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [4]

  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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