Bouchier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the name Bouchier goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire, which means good sir, or fine sir.

Early Origins of the Bouchier family

The surname Bouchier was first found in Essex. They were originally from Bouchier in Normandy, and arrived in England with Duke William in 1066. [1]

John de Bourchier (d.circa 1330) was an English Judge of the Common Pleas and the earliest ancestor of the family. His son, Robert Bourchier or Boussier was 1st Baron Bourchier (died 1349) and held the position of Lord Chancellor of England, the first layman to hold the post. His son, John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Bourchier (d. 1400), was a soldier and diplomat. [2]

Important Dates for the Bouchier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bouchier research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1400, 1409, 1400, 1409, 1405, 1467, 1533, 1587, 1654, 1643, 1595, 1660, 1491, 1551, 1535, 1605 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Bouchier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bouchier Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bouchier has been recorded under many different variations, including Bowser, Bouchier, Boucher, Bourchier, Bowesar, Bowsher and many more.

Early Notables of the Bouchier family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Bourchier (d. 1400), soldier and diplomat in the service of the crown; Bartholomew Bourchier, 3rd Baron Bourchier (died 1409), member of Parliament, summoned to Parliament the first time 9 September 1400, the year of his father's death, continued to be summoned until 1409, but obtained an exemption from attended in 1405, no records of military service, unlike his father and grandfather; John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners (1467-1533), an English soldier, statesman and translator; General Sir...
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Migration of the Bouchier family to Ireland

Some of the Bouchier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bouchier migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bouchiers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Bouchier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Herbert Eustace Bouchier, aged 30, originally from London, arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Annie A. Bouchier, aged 27, originally from London, arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Patrick J. Bouchier, aged 26, originally from Drumkeenan, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Queenstown, Ireland [5]
  • Louis Bouchier, aged 38, originally from Montreal, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "La Provence" from Havre, France [6]
  • Francis Bouchier, aged 24, originally from Dromahair, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Londonderry, Ireland [7]
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Bouchier 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:

Bouchier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Bouchier, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Bouchier (post 1700)

  • Barton Bouchier (1794-1864), English religious writer, son of the vicar of Epsom, Surrey, the Rev. Jonathan Boucher [8]
  • Chili Bouchier (1909-1999), later known as Dorothy Bouchier, a British film actress
  • Air Vice Marshal Sir Cecil Arthur Bouchier Bouchier KBE, CB, DFC (1895-1979), British officer who served with the British Army, Royal Flying Corps, Indian Air Force and Royal Air Force from 1915 to 1953
  • George Bouchier Worgan (1757-1838), English naval surgeon who accompanied the First Fleet to Australia

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Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFYP-62V : 6 December 2014), Herbert Eustace Bouchier, 27 Nov 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFYP-62K : 6 December 2014), Annie A. Bouchier, 27 Nov 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFC7-C28 : 6 December 2014), Patrick J. Bouchier, 26 Apr 1906; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF8L-4MP : 6 December 2014), Louis Bouchier, 31 Aug 1906; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Provence, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJVM-36T : 6 December 2014), Francis Bouchier, 14 Aug 1910; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
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