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The surname Bovee was first found in Marne adjacent to Lorraine, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor at Reims. The family were well established in the region of Nancy and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. The name descends from St Beuve, in the 12th century. Provencal St Beuvon was so honored for his great resistance against the Saracens.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bauve, Le Bauve, Lebauve, Bove, Le Bove, Bovo, Bovy, Bovey, Bavoux, Baveux, Bauvau, La Bauve and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bovee research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bovee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: including many of the name who migrated to the New World from the mid 17th century onward.

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  • W. H. Bovee (1823-1894), American politician, Mayor of Oakland, California, 1863-64
  • Russ Bovee, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, 1989
  • Matthias Jacob Bovee (1793-1872), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery and Hamilton counties, 1826; U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1835-37
  • Marvin H. Bovee, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 10th District, 1853
  • Kenneth C. Bovee, American politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1993


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  2. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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