Norman invasion of 1066. It is thought that the surname originated in Beauzeville, France, and that Elias de Boesevilla of this region was the first Norman settler to Britain. Many of these Norman families moved north, into Scotland in the period following the Norman Conquest of England.
Early Origins of the Bovell family
Yorkshire, where Sir Ralph Boswell of Guntwaite, a descendant of Elias de Boesevilla, the first settler from Normandy, held lands. In the 12th century Sir Ralph lost his Yorkshire estates to the Earls of Warenne. The family moved north to Scotland at the invitation of David, Earl of Huntingdon, where they settled in Berwickshire at Edenham.
Early History of the Bovell family
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Bovell Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Boswell, Boswall, Boseville, Boswald, Bosswald, Bosville, Boeseille, Bosvile, Bovill, Bowelle and many more.
Early Notables of the Bovell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bovell family to Ireland
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Migration of the Bovell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bovell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bovell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bovell (post 1700)
The Bovell 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: Vraye Foi
Motto Translation: True faith.
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