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.

Important Dates for the Boswell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boswell 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 Boswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

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 Boswell family to Ireland

Some of the Boswell 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.

Boswell migration to the United States

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]
  • Jo Boswell, aged 17, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • Samuel Boswell, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Boswell, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • ... (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]
  • Richard Boswell, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • John Boswell, who settled in Maryland in 1720
  • Letitia Boswell, who landed in America in 1740 [1]
  • 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 migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boswell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Boswell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Boswell migration to Australia

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

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]

Boswell migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boswell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Boswell, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mr. Boswell, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bosworth" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 24th November 1857 [3]
  • Mrs. Boswell, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bosworth" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 24th November 1857 [3]
  • Miss Mary Boswell, (b. 1841), aged 23, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th March 1864 [3]
  • Mr. Benjamin Boswell, (b. 1844), aged 20, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th March 1864 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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- [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • B. B. Boswell, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 17th District, 1889-92 [4]
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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