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Boswell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The prestigious surname Boswell 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 Boswell family


The surname Boswell 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 Boswell family


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Boswell 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 Boswell family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Boswell family to Ireland


Some of the Boswell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Boswell family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boswell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Boswell, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Jonathan Boswell, who arrived in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1632 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jo Boswell, aged 17, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Samuel Boswell, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Boswell, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boswell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Boswell, who landed in Maryland in 1700 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Richard Boswell, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Boswell, who settled in Maryland in 1720
  • Letitia Boswell, who landed in America in 1740 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Charles Boswell, who settled in New England in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boswell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Boswell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Boswell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Boswell, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml

Boswell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Boswell, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • W. John Boswell, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • Lizzie Boswell, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • Caroline Boswell, aged 22, a nurse, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • J. Boswell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Abernyte" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Boswell (post 1700)


  • John Eastburn Boswell (1947-1994), American historian and a full professor at Yale University, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lewis Archer Boswell (1834-1909), American early aviation pioneer who some claim made the first powered heavier-than-air flight, before the Wright Brothers
  • John Eastburn Boswell (1947-1994), American historian and a professor at Yale University
  • Robert Allen "Bobby" Boswell (b. 1983), American soccer player
  • David Wilson Boswell (1945-2012), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • James Griffin Boswell (1882-1952), American founder of the J. G. Boswell Company, the world's largest privately owned farm
  • Vet Boswell (1909-1988), American blues singer
  • David E. Boswell (b. 1949), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 7th District, 1978-83; Member of Kentucky State Senate 8th District, 1991- [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Charles H. Boswell (1909-2006), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 11th District, 1954; Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana, 1959-62; Postmaster at Indianapolis, Indiana, 1962-75 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • B. B. Boswell, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 17th District, 1889-92 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Boswell


  • The Boswells of Shelby County, Kentucky by Eula Richardson Hasskarl.
  • Descendants of Edward Boswell: Prince William County, Virginia and Orange County, North Carolina by Jean Boswell Pippenger.

The Boswell 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.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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