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
Early History of the Bovard family
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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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Migration of the Bovard family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bovard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bovard (post 1700)
The Bovard 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: Festina lente
Motto Translation: Be quick without impetuosity.
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