Boughton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Boughton date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in one of many places called Boughton throughout England. Settlements named Boughton were found in Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Northamptonshire. Great Boughton is found in Cheshire, and Kent was home to settlements called Boughton Aluph, Boughton Malherbe, Boughton Monchelsea, and Boughton under Blean.

Early Origins of the Boughton family

The surname Boughton was first found in Warwickshire, where this "family of good antiquity, traced to Robert de Boreton, grandfather of William, who lived in the reign of Edward III. " [1]

"Downton Hall [in Downton, Shropshire], the seat of Sir William Rouse Boughton, Bart., to whom the whole property belongs, is a handsome mansion, approached by a beautiful avenue two miles in length, on a gradual ascent, from which the scenery is extensive, romantic, and mountainous, embracing the Titterstone and the Clee hills." [2]

One of the earliest records of the family was Joan Boughton (d. 1494), the English martyr, who "was an old widow of eighty years or more, who held certain of Wycliffe's opinions. She was said to be the mother of a lady named Young, who was suspected of the like doctrines. She was burnt at Smithfield 28 April 1494. " [3]

Early History of the Boughton family

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Boughton Spelling Variations

Boughton has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Boughton have been found, including Boughton, Bourton, Borton, Boughten, Bourten, Borten, Bouton, Broughton, Portan and many more.

Early Notables of the Boughton family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Boughton, 1st Baronet (1600-1656) of Lawford in the County of Warwick; Sir Edward Boughton, 2nd Baronet (1628-1680); Sir William Boughton, 3rd...
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United States Boughton migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Boughtons to arrive on North American shores:

Boughton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jean Boughton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [4]
  • John Boughton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [4]
  • Tho Boughton, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [4]
  • Thomas Boughton who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • William Boughton, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Boughton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Boughton, who arrived in Maryland in 1743 [4]
Boughton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Boughton, aged 61, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [4]
  • F Boughton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • D. Boughton arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Boughton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852

Australia Boughton migration to Australia +

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

Boughton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Boughton, (b. 1810), aged 21, British Harness Maker who was convicted in Warwick, England for life for House breaking, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia, he died on 1879 [5]

New Zealand Boughton 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:

Boughton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. Boughton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th June 1861 [6]
  • Miss Jane Boughton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th June 1861 [6]
  • Miss Jane H. Boughton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th June 1861 [6]
  • Miss Emily Boughton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th June 1861 [6]
  • Miss Laura Boughton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th June 1861 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Boughton (post 1700) +

  • Seymour Boughton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1840, 1845 [7]
  • Seleck C. Boughton, American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 3rd District, 1835 [7]
  • Reuben H. Boughton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Niagara County, 1837 [7]
  • Mark D. Boughton (b. 1964), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2004, 2008 (alternate); Mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, 2010-12 [7]
  • Joseph Boughton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 1st District, 1849 [7]
  • Henry I. Boughton, American politician, Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1878-80, 1886-90 [7]
  • Gordon H. Boughton, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Galena, Kansas, 1908-09 [7]
  • George W. Boughton, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 1st District, 1921 [7]
  • George H. Boughton, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 8th District, 1829-30 [7]
  • E. J. Boughton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1912 [7]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. B. Boughton (d. 1912), aged 24, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]


The Boughton 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: Omne bonum Dei donum
Motto Translation: Every good is the gift of God.


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. 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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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