The prestigious surname Bovell came to Britain with the 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
Early Origins of the Bovell family
The surname Bovell was first found in 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
Early History of the Bovell family
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Bovell 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
Some of the Bovell family moved 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
- Robert G. Bovell, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1894
Bovell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Susan Bovell, aged 49, who settled in America from Barbados, in 1904
- Wesley Bovell, aged 17, who landed in America from St. Andrew, Barbadoes, in 1913
- Mary Bovell, aged 44, who emigrated to America from Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1915
- Ralfh Bovell, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States from St. Philip, Barbados, in 1916
- William A. Bovell, aged 41, who settled in America from Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bovell (post 1700)
- S. A. Bovell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1868 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Ryan Bovell (b. 1974), Barbados cricketer who plays for and captains the Cayman Islands National Cricket Team
- Nicholas "Nick" Bovell (b. 1986), Trinidad and Tobago two-time bronze medalist swimmer, younger brother of George Bovell
- Andrew Bovell (b. 1962), Australian writer for theatre, film and television
- Brian Bovell (b. 1959), English actor, winner of the 1982 London Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor
- George Bovell III (b. 1983), Trinidad and Tobago Olympic bronze, four-time gold medalist swimmer
- Dennis Bovell (b. 1953), West Indian reggae guitarist, bass player and record producer
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.