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Bovay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Bovay comes from the family having resided in the region of Bouville, in Seine Maritime, which later changed to Bovilla, in 1212.

Early Origins of the Bovay family

The surname Bovay was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Bovay family

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Bovay Spelling Variations

Bovay 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. Spelling variants included: Bovey, Bovie, Bovy and others.

Early Notables of the Bovay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bovay family to the New World and Oceana

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 Bovays to arrive on North American shores: The widow Bovey who settled in Barbados in 1680; Margaret Bovey settled in New England in 1679; Jerome Bovie settled in New Netherlands in 1663 with his wife and five children.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bovay (post 1700)

  • Harry E. Bovay Jr., American former Professor in the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering at Cornell University, founder of H.E. Bovay Jr. Consulting Engineers in 1946, recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers Award
  • Major Alvan Earle Bovay (1818-1903), American founder of the United States Republican Party

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