Boswall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The prestigious surname Boswall came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. It is thought that the surname originated in Beauzeville, France, and that Elias de Boesevilla of this region was the first Norman settler to Britain. Many of these Norman families moved north, into Scotland in the period following the Norman Conquest of England.
Early Origins of the Boswall family
The surname Boswall was first found in Yorkshire, where Sir Ralph Boswell of Guntwaite, a descendant of Elias de Boesevilla, the first settler from Normandy, held lands. In the 12th century Sir Ralph lost his Yorkshire estates to the Earls of Warenne. The family moved north to Scotland at the invitation of David, Earl of Huntingdon, where they settled in Berwickshire at Edenham.
Early History of the Boswall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boswall research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1740, 1795, 1572, 1698, 1756, 1698 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Boswall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boswall Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Boswell, Boswall, Boseville, Boswald, Bosswald, Bosville, Boeseille, Bosvile, Bovill, Bowelle and many more.
Early Notables of the Boswall family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Macdonald Bosville of Sleat, Chief of the MacDonalds; and James Boswell (1740-1795), famous biographer of "The Life of Dr. Johnson," the great lexicographer.
John Bossewell ( fl. 1572), was an English "heraldic writer, was, according to his own statement, a northern man, and probably a...
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Migration of the Boswall family to Ireland
Some of the Boswall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boswall migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Boswall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Boswall, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 
Boswall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G. Boswall, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Chester" from Southampton, England 
Boswall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Efhraim Boswall, aged 22, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Joseph J. Cuneo" from Port Antonio, Jamaica 
Contemporary Notables of the name Boswall (post 1700) +
- Sir Alexander Boswall, Scottish peer who Wardie Castle in Trinity, Edinburgh in 1780, eponym of Boswall Road
- Karen Boswall, British independent film maker, known for award-winning documentaries
- John Boswall (1920-2011), born John Stuart, an English actor, best known for his role as Wyvern in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Jeffery Boswall (1931-2012), British naturalist, broadcaster and educator
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The Boswall 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: Vraye Foi
Motto Translation: True faith.
- ^ 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)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9Z-S26 : 6 December 2014), G. Boswall, 22 May 1894; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Chester, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HL-36N : 6 December 2014), Efhraim Boswall, 15 Jan 1920; citing departure port Port Antonio, Jamaica, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Joseph J. Cuneo, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).