Show ContentsBouk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The noble Viking settlers who came to the rocky shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Bouk family. They lived in a place noted for the presence of a ridge that formed a boundary between two distinct areas. It comes from a variant of the word boak or balk, of the same meaning. While historians generally agree upon the aforementioned topographical derivation, most believe that this name actually came from the area called Boak in the parish of Kirkholm.

Early Origins of the Bouk family

The surname Bouk was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Bouk family

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Bouk Spelling Variations

Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Bouk include Boag, Boig, Book, Boack, Boge, Bogue, Boak, Bouk, Bouck, Bogues, Bogg, Boggs and many more.

Early Notables of the Bouk family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Bouk family to Ireland

Some of the Bouk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bouk migration to the United States +

Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Bouk or a variant listed above, including:

Bouk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jerick Adam Bouk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
Bouk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Bouk, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Bouk migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouk Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Adam Bouk U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Christian Bouk Sr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Frederick Bouk U.E. who settled in Williamsburg [South Dundas], Ontario c. 1783 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bouk (post 1700) +

  • Liz Bouk, American mezzo-soprano opera singer and actor from Rochester, New York

  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. 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 on Facebook