name Boshoff comes from when the family resided in or around either of the settlements called
from ancient times.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Boshoff has been recorded under many different variations, including Basham, Bosham, Barsham, Bassham, Bashan, Bashum and many more.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Boshoff or a variant listed above:
Boshoff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jan Pieter Boshoff, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1918
- Leendert Boshoff, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
- Jan P. Boshoff, aged 29, who emigrated to America, in 1924