Boud History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Boud family

The surname Boud was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Rockford, held by Alfred of Swain of Essex who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Boud family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boud research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1137, 1600, 1653, 1600, 1604, 1650, 1649, 1673 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Boud History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boud Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Boade, Boode, Bude, Boud, Boude and others.

Early Notables of the Boud family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Arnold Boate, De Boot, Bootius or Botius (1600?-1653?), English Hebraist, the son of Godefrid de Boot of Gorcom, Holland. "Born about...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Boud family to Ireland

Some of the Boud family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Boud 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:

Boud Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Boud, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Sarah Boud, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • John Edward Boud, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Robert William Boud, aged 18 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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