Bovard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Bovard first began in medieval France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Bovard family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Bovard was an occupational name for a person who worked in a cowshed. Looking back further, we find the name Bovard was derived from the Old French word boverie, which means a stable for oxen.

Early Origins of the Bovard family

The surname Bovard was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where bearers of this family name and their ancestors have been located since ancient times.

Important Dates for the Bovard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bovard research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1376, 1391, 1430, 1519, 1500, 1544, 1677, 1744, 1743, 1746, 1700, 1648, 1717 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Bovard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bovard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bouvier, Bouviez, Bouviet, Bouviest, Bouviait, Bouviais, Bouviaie, Bouviaies, Buvier, Buviez, Buviet, Buviest, Buviait, Buviais, Buviaies, Buviaie, Buviaies, Bouvié, Buvié, De Bouvier, Le Bouvier, De Buvier, Le Buvier and many more.

Early Notables of the Bovard family (pre 1700)

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Bovard migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bovard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Bovard, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bovard (post 1700)

  • Marion McKinley Bovard (1847-1891), American academic, 1st President of the University of Southern California (1880-1891)
  • George Finley Bovard (1856-1932), American academic, 4th President of the University of Southern California (1903-1921)
  • Alan J. Bovard (1906-1983), American college football player and coach who played from 1926-1929 and coached from 1947-1956
  • Harry F. Bovard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920, 1928 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from
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