Bouch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Bouch is a name that evolved during the medieval era in the French region of Champagne. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a butcher. Originally the name Bouch was derived from the Old French word "bochier," which translates to "butcher."

Early Origins of the Bouch family

The surname Bouch was first found in the town of Chaumont in the department of Haute-Marne in the north-east of France. [1]

The name is sometimes seen as Leboucher in the north-west parts of France. Other variations of the name also depend on the region of France where the name is found. Some other variations of the name include, Bouchier, Bouchez (north), Bouchey (east), and Bouquier (south). [2]

Marin Boucher, born in 1589, married Julienne Baril on 7th February 1611 at Saint-Jean-de-Mortagne, France. They had eight children together in France. Their son, François, was baptized on 22nd November 1617.

Marin's wife, Julienne, died in France on 15th December 1627 and Marin remarried to Perrine Mallet in 1629. Marin and Perrine had two children in France, Marin (b. 1630) and Jean-Galleran (b. 1633). Marin arrived in Canada on 9th August 1634 along with his wife, Perrine, and six of his children, François, Jean-Galleran, Pierre, Guillaume, Marie, and Madeleine.

François married Florence Gareman, daughter of Pierre and Madeleine (née Charlot), on 3rd September 1641 and Jean-Galleran married Marie Leclerc at Château-Richer, Quebec on 10th October 1661. They had five children together. [3]

Early History of the Bouch family

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Bouch Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Bouch some of which are Boucher, Bouche, Bouchez, Bouchais, Bouchay, le Boucher, de Boucher and many more.

Early Notables of the Bouch family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean Boucher, Rector of the University and Vicar of St-Benoît, French naturalist; and Pierre Boucher de Boucherville (1622-1717) who went to Canada from France in 1635 with his father; at the age of 18, he entered the services of the Jesuits and spent 4 years with the Huron missions at Georgian Bay (see Sainte-Marie among the Hurons). He was the first Canadian settler to be ennobled by King Louis XIV and died at his eponymous Boucherville, New France at the age of 95. Alexandre Jean Boucher, was a well-known French violinist, was born...
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United States Bouch migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Bouch surname were

Bouch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rob Bouch, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [4]
  • Thomas Bouch, who arrived in Maryland in 1660-1661 [4]
  • John Bouch, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [4]
  • John Bouch, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [4]
Bouch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Bouch, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 [4]

Canada Bouch migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Bouch U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 221 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [5]

Australia Bouch migration to Australia +

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

Bouch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Bouch, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1838 [6]
  • Catherine Bouch, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1838 [6]
  • Joseph Bouch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bouch (post 1700) +

  • Sir Thomas Bouch (1822-1880), English civil engineer, the third son of William Bouch, a captain in the mercantile marine, born in the village of Thursley, Cumberland, on 23 Feb. 1822 [8]
  • William Bouch (1813-1876), English locomotive designer, famous for the locomotives he designed for the Stockton & Darlington Railway
  • Herbert Bouch (1868-1929), English cricketer
  • A. Bouch, New Zealand cricketer during the 19th century

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  2. ^ Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
  3. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1838. Retrieved from
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM - EMIGRANT SHIP - 1848. Retrieved from
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook